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O’Beirne Michael

1934-35 and 1935-36 Right-half

CL    League 10 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 12 September 1934 Witton Albion (Home)

Initially given a trial in the 1934-35 season, moving to Bacup Borough for the majority of the 1935-36 season and then returned to Macclesfield where he signed professional forms.  However, he found himself as the regular right-half in the Macclesfield reserve team and never established himself in the senior side, only deputising for players when they were unavailable.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Altrincham in the summer of 1936.


O'Brien Billy

2017-18 Goalkeeper

NC     League 2(1)0

Debut 12 August 2017 sub Bromley (Home)

A  former Manchester City Academy player: since July 2014 Billy progressed through City’s U18, U21 and U23 sides as well as spending time on loan at Hyde during the first half of the 2014-15 season and at Scottish club St Mirren during the second half of the 2016-17 season where he made 20 first team appearances in all competitions.

Having left Manchester City in the summer of 2017 Billy signed for Macclesfield Town. Used as the second string 'keeper, Billy's appearances came at a time Shwan Jalal was injured when he proved himself to be a capable goalkeeper. However, his contract was cancelled by mutual agreement on 13 September 2017.

On leaving Macclesfield Billy joined the Royal Marines and almost 12 months later earned his Green Beret to become a Royal Marine Commando.

Internationally, made appearances for Wales at U19 and U21 levels.

Born: 21 November 1995.



O’Connor Andy


1984-85 Midfielder

NPL    League 5(0)0     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 18 September 1984 Gainsborough Trinity (Home)

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

Andy then moved into management at Stone Dominoes, but when funds were directed into the building of a new stadium rather than the playing staff, he resigned and took 14 months out of the game.  Returned in September 2006 when appointed joint manager with Damian Grocott at Rocester where they both remained until the end of January 2008 when they resigned. Moved to Leek Town as manager but left in November 2008. Unfortunately information of his appointments over the next 10 years are limited to Head Coach of Stoke Ladies from 2012 to an unknown date, followed by his appointment as manager of Burton Ladies FC in August 2017.  Returned to Rocester FC in June 2018 as Head Coach but stepped down for personal reasons in August 2019.


O’Connor James Kelly 'Jim'

O'Connor Jim

1975-76 and 1976-77 Midfielder

NPL    League 71(0)8    Cups 28(0)8

Debut 16 August 1975 Gateshead United (Home)

A native of Lanark, Jim started his career in Scottish junior football with Kirkstyles moving south of the border in July 1970 when he signed for Bury.  Made seven appearances and scored two goals before he lost his place due to injury and was released. He then signed for Mossley in August 1972 going on to make 191 appearances and scored 30 goals.

Jim signed for Macclesfield from Mossley in the summer of 1975 in exchange for Dave Lyon and a fee. He was rated as one of the best midfield players in the NPL and was brought in to provide more drive in the middle of the park and strengthen the attack.  He was captain during the whole of his time at the club.

In March 1977 he moved to Runcorn and then to Droylsden before returning to Mossley in August 1978 for a three figure fee. He was appointed player/manager in December 1984 holding the position until his dismissal in February 1987. Later played for Horwich RMI, Buxton and finally Colwyn Bay having taken over a pub in the area. He was also a director at Rhyl FC from September 1997 to November 2011 after which he ran the Fford Derwen pub in Rhyl.

In 1980 away from football was a clerical worker.

Born: 27 June 1951.


O'Donnell GD

1928-29 and 1929-30 Forward

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 22 September 1928 Chester (Away)


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


O'Donnell Richard Mark


2011-12 Goalkeeper

FL     League 11(0)0

Debut 25 February 2012 Oxford United (Away)

A trainee at Sheffield Wednesday, Richard was awarded his first professional contract at Sheffield in July 2007 (15 appearances). Whilst at Wednesday he spent time out on loan at seven different clubs: York City (March 2007 - no league appearances), Buxton (December 2007 to January 2008 - two appearances), Rotherham United (January to March 2008 - no league appearances), Oldham Athletic (March to May 2008 - four appearances), Grimsby Town (October 2010 to May 2011 - ten appearances).Alfreton Town (2011 -no league appearances).

Signed by Macclesfield  Town on a one month loan at a time when first choice 'keeper Jose Veiga was injured and his replacement, Steve Collis, had incurred a training ground injury the day before the match at Oxford. Steve's loan was extended by a second month and made his last appearance for the Silkmen at Port Vale, but with Jose Veiga fully recovered (he had been an unused substitute for three matches) Richard returned to Sheffield Wednesday in the middle of April 2012.

Having been released by Wednesday Richard signed for Chesterfield in July 2012 (14 appearances), and whilst there spent from January to April 2013 on loan at Stockport County (20 appearances). Released by Chesterfield he signed for Walsall in July 2013 (90 appearances) where he was voted both Supporters' and Players' Player of the Year for the 2014-15 season. Signed for Wigan Athletic in July 2015 (10 appearances) moving to Bristol City in January 2016 initially on loan (29 appearances) and Rotherham United in January 2017 (22 appearances). Although he signed a two and a half year deal with Northampton Town in January 2018 (19 appearances), Richard signed for Bradford City in July 2018 and was still under contract for the 2021-22 season. Having been released by Bradford City at the end of the 2021-22 season signed a two-year deal with Rochdale. Signed for Blackpool in the summer of 2023 on a one-year deal with an option for an extension of one year to the end of the 2024-25 season, Blackpool exercising their option in the summer of 2024.

Born: 12 September 1988.


O'Hara Kieran


2018-19 Goalkeeper

FL     League 37(0)0     Cups 5(0)0

Debut 21 August 2018 Cheltenham Town (Home)

Born in Manchester, as a youth he first played for local side Urmston Town before moving to Manchester United becoming a member of the Academy as an under-17 student having already played for United in the Aegon Future Cup. Went out on a work-experience loan with Trafford throughout the 2013-14 season (20 league appearances) signing his first professional contract with United on his return.  He found it difficult to break into the Under-21 side and embarked on a series of loan spells: AFC Fylde (2015), Morecambe (September to October 2015 - no league appearances), Stockport County (2015 - one appearance), Morecambe for a second time (January to May 2016 - five appearances).

On August 15 2018 signed a year-long loan with Macclesfield Town. Although allocated the 'Number 1' squad number there were times in the early part of the season when the more experienced Rhys Taylor was the preferred goalkeeper. However, after Taylor was injured, from November 2018 onwards Kieran was ever-present with his performances making it impossible for the manager to select anyone else. With the team fighting relegation right to the end of the season, without the many spectacular and crucial saves made by Kieran the fight would not have reached the final match of the season. His efforts were rewarded when he made a clean sweep of the end of season awards as Supporters' Player of the Year, Players' Player of the Year and Moose Tours Player of the Year. Returned to Manchester United in May 2019 at the end of his successful loan spell following which he was released.

In July 2019 signed another season-long loan, on this occasion with Football League 1 side Burton Albion joining them permanently on a two-year deal in September 2020. On 20 November 2021 joined Scunthorpe United on a seven-day emergency loan deal which was extended for a further seven days. Joined Fleetwood Town at the beginning of February 2022 on a short term deal being released in May 2022 joining Colchester United on a one-year deal for the 2022-23 season. Having been released signed for Scottish Premier side Kilmarnock on a one-year deal

Born: 22 April 1996.


O'Keefe Conor


2012-13 and 2013-14 Goalkeeper

NC     Cups 1(1)0

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

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

In the 2012-13 season, his one appearance came in the Cheshire Senior Cup when the youth team were fielded for the second round tie.  Unfortunately Conor's time on the pitch was cut short when he was dismissed for a foul on a Stalybridge player during the first half. In the 2013-14 season Conor was a second half replacement for the injured Ritchie Branagan in the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup against Northwich Victoria at the Moss Rose.

Played for Manchester Gregorians at the start of the 2014-15 season before moving to Mossley AFC  in October 2014 where he only remained for a short time signing for Stockport Sports early in November 2014 but was dual registered with Ashton United at the same time. Returned to Macclesfield Town in January 2015 as goalkeeping cover but then played for Winsford United from February 2015 to the end of the season.

Signed for Barwell FC at the start of the 2015-16 season but moved to Loughborough University FC in September 2015 where he is studying for a degree in International Business. The third year of his studies requires a placement in industry or study abroad. Conor opted for both. Then began a journey which proved what an enterprising young man he is. With no agent, he identified 48 clubs within an hour of Madrid, putting all their information on a spreadsheet and Google maps. Having e-mailed them and received no response he decided to write to them with a handwritten letter translated into Spanish by his girlfriend, enclosing the letter in a golden envelope as he remembered that an entrepreneur had written to  investors using golden envelopes. Again he received no replies, so he and his girlfriend travelled to Spain and visited the clubs he had identified but with no luck, however,  in the meantime Fuenlabrada had replied appreciating the effort he had made and eventually registered him for their 'B' team (in the Spanish Segunda Division B) but once the transfer window opens in January 2017 he will be eligible for the first team. With Fuenlabrada drawing Real Madrid in the Copa del Rey, although not a member of the team, Conor still travelled with them to the Santiago Bernabeu. Conor continued to play for Loughborough University during the 2018-19 season but it would appear that his time at Loughborough University came to an end in the summer of 2019 after a total of 114 appearances.

Signed for Europa Point in the Gibraltar Premier Division for the 2019-20 season moving to fellow Gibraltar National League side Bruno's Magpies in January 2020. Set out on a new challenge when he signed for Swedish fourth tier side Pitea IF in July 2020. Won the overall Division 2 Goalkeeper of the Year as Pitea IF became 2020 champions of Division 2 Norrland League. In January 2022 tweeted that he had signed for a further season with Pitea IF. Left Pitea IF in December 2022 where both he and his family had been most welcome.  The club bid him farewell with the message 'Thank you, Mr Clean Sheet!'. Signed for Vasalund IF (based in Solna, Stockholm) in March  2023 for their 2023 season which begins on 31 March, ending on 11 November. (Compete in Ettan Norra (Swedish third tier) alongside Connor's previous club, Pitea IF). However, in July 2023, having spoken to the club Conor, decided to leave Vasalund IF returning to the UK to sign for Macclesfield FC in August 2023. In March 2024 signed for Warrington Town as back-up goalkeeper on dual registration and unofficially reported to be on non-contract terms. Released by Macclesfield FC in the summer of 2024 having made 16 appearances in all competitions.


O'Keeffe Corey


2019-20 Midfielder/Defender

FL      League 28(3)0     Cups 5(0)0

Debut Blackpool (Away) Football League Cup Round 1

Joined the Birmingham City youth set up from Cadbury Athletic in 2008 and has played in the Under 18 and Under 23 teams spending time on loan at Solihull Moors from February 2019 to the end of the 2018-19 season.

The 21 year old defender signed a season-long loan with Macclesfield Town in August 2019. A regular in the side throughout the season he was a versatile player featuring on the right side of the midfield in the first half of the season moving to right wing back on the departure of Miles Welch-Hayes in January 2020.

Having returned to Birmingham City he was released by them in the summer of 2020 at the end of his contract. Signed a two-year deal with Mansfield Town in the summer of 2020 but was made available for transfer when Mansfield announced their Retained and Transfer list in May 2021, however subsequently joined Rochdale on loan until January 2022 signing for Rochdale on a permanent basis at the end of his loan until the end of the 2021-22 season. Signed for Forest Green Rovers in the summer of 2022 with his contract extended for the 2023-24 season. Following the relegation of Forest Green Rovers from EFL1 at the end of the 2022-23 season, signed for EFL1 side Barnsley on a deal until 2027.

Has represented the Republic of Ireland at Under 17 (four appearances, one goal), Under 19 (seven appearances) and Under 21.

Born: 5 June 1998.


O’Neill David

1978-79 Midfielder

NPL    League 23(0)3     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 9 December 1978 Matlock Town (Home)

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


O’Neill John


1992-93 Defender

Conf    League 4(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 22 August 1992 Wycombe Wanderers (Home)

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


O’Neill Paul Dennis

Paul O'Neill


1999-00 to 2002-03 Defender

FL   League 23(13)0     Cups 3(1)0

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

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

Paul was released in the summer of 2003 when he moved to Gretna and was on loan at Scarborough and Workington before moving to League of Wales side Bangor City where he was team captain, with a transfer to Rhyl in August 2007 and Prestatyn in the summer of 2009 where he was also the director of their Football Academy. Signed non-contract forms with Chorley in the summer of 2013 but moved to Northwich Victoria in November 2013. In the summer of 2014 Paul returned to Rhyl when he was appointed player/coach signing for Prestatyn again in the summer of 2015. Announced by Prestatyn FC on 18 January 2018 that Paul had left the club and retired from playing at the age of 35.

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

Born: Farnworth, 17 June 1982.


O’Reilly Justin Michael


1996-97 Forward

Conf    League 3(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 10 December 1996 Kidderminster Harriers (Home)

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

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

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



1927-28 Inside-right


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 17 September 2012 Witton Albion (Away)


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



1946-47 Outside-right

CL   League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 11 September 1946 Buxton (Away)

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


Oakes Andrew Mark 'Andy'


1996-97 Goalkeeper

Conf   Cups 3(1)0

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

Andy was on the books of Burnley as a youngster and then with Crewe Alexandra, Bury and Witton Albion (September 1995 to April 1996, 11 appearances). 

Andy was signed by Macclesfield Town from Mid Cheshire team Barnton as cover for Ryan Price. With Ryan injured, Andy took over the gloves for the first round FA Cup tie against Rochdale at the Moss Rose despite the fact that he was injured, and courageously played with a strapped up hand because of a broken finger.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Winsford United but then a move to Hull City in December 1998 launched his Football League career (19 league appearances).  He then signed for Derby County for a fee of £460,000 in July 1999 (43 appearances).  Whilst at Derby spent time on loan at Port Vale (August to September 1999 - no league appearances) and  Bolton Wanderers (August 2004 to February 2005 - one appearance).  On leaving Derby County signed for Walsall in March 2005 (34 appearances), then Swansea City in July 2006 (five appearances) and Darlington in July 2007

(16 appearances).

On his release from Darlington in 2009, Andy retired from football. Since 2010 has been running Andy Oakes Investments as well as offering goalkeeping consultations.

Born: 11 January 1977.


Ogden H

1910-11 and 1911-12 Outside-left


ML     League 6 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


LC      League 15 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals    


Debut 18 March 1911 Nantwich (Home)


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


Ogden Kevin

1986-87 Midfielder

NPL League 1(0)0

Debut 16 August 1986 Caernarfon Town (Away)

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


Ohandjanian Demis Armen


1996-97 Midfielder

Conf   League 1(0)0    Cups 3(2)1

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

Demis first played for Middlewich Athletic and Curzon Ashton before signing for Doncaster Rovers in February 1997, but was released having only made one appearance.

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

He left Macclesfield in the summer of 1997 joining Winsford United.  He then played for a number clubs; Mossley (15 appearances, five goals), Caernarfon Town (one appearance), Stafford Rangers (three appearances),  Flixton, Styal, Witton Albion (December 2001, one appearance), returned to Styal, Woodley Sports, Cheadle Town, returned to Woodley Sports, and finally Abbey Hey in 2003.

On retiring from playing he became the owner of Aquadart Bathrooms based in Yorkshire.


Okome Nathan



2017-18 Defender

NL     Cups 1(0)0

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

In 2008-09 played for Reddish Vulcans JFC Under 8s team gaining several Man of the Match awards. In 2016-17 featured in pre-season for Airbus UK Broughton FC Academy and later in competitive matches for Vale Royal Schools Association Under 16s when he was selected to represent Cheshire Schools' FA.

Joined the newly formed Macclesfield Town Under 21 Youth Development team at the start of the 2017-18 when he was appointed captain. Featured in the only Cheshire Senior Cup match of the season when members of the Development team were used to fulfill this tie. During the 2017-18 season was also a member of the Cheshire FA Under 18 team who won the Northern Counties Youth Cup.

Left Macclesfield in January 2018 to join Airbus UK Broughton in the Cymru Alliance playing for their U19 and U23 sides making his senior debut in the Newfa Challenge Cup. Joined Knutsford FC in the summer of 2018 making 28 appearances during the 2018-19 season including when, for the first time in their 130 year history, they won the Association of Northern Counties Senior Cup in March 2019.  In addition, has represented Everton Uner-19s College in The National Football Youth League, this being the highest level of Under-19 football outside the Academy System and at the age of 17 was captain for Cheshire Under-18s team. Continuing to make progress in his football career signed for 1874 Northwich in July 2019 and whilst there he was a member of the Barnsley FC U23's Shadow Scholars who offer football and education for 16 to 19 year olds.  Was transferred to Sandbach United in January 2020 as a development move to gain game time, however, his debut was delayed due to a Gallbladder operation returning to 1874 Northwich in March 2020 but left them in the summer of 2020 probably returning to Barnsley. Signed for Hanley Town in the summer of 2020 moving to Chorley in the summer of 2021 and signing a month-long loan with Witton Albion early in October 2021. Also spent time on loan at Matlock Town from December 2021. Returned to Witton Albion at the beginning of March 2022 for a further loan spell. Retained by Chorley for the 2022-23 season going out on loan to NPL - Div 1 West side Glossop North End in December 2022. On 3 March 2023 started a one month loan at NPL - Premier League side Nantwich Town. Having been released by Chorley at the end of the 2022-23 season, signed for NPL - Div 1 West side Nantwich Town where he had spent time on loan during the 2022-23 season.

Has also been selected by the National Football Youth League as a National Football Youth League All-Star.

Born: 11 May 2001.


Okosieme Ejiro Onyemachie Denzel


2016-17 Defender

NC     League 0(1)0

Debut 25 April 2017 sub Dover Athletic (Away)

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

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

Moved to Dover Athletic in October 2017 signing non-contract forms, in November 2018 signed for Braintree Town moving to Welling United in August 2019, Romford in January 2020 and Cray Wanderers May 2021.

Retired from playing at the beginning of October 2021 due to a persistent knee injury.

Born: 10 August 1992.


Oldfield W

1911-12 and 1914-15 Outside-right

ML    Cups 1 App 0 Goals


LC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 16 September 1911 Hurst (Away) FA Cup Q1


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


Oldham James

1921-22 and 1922-23 Right-back

CL     League 10 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 3 May 1922 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)


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

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

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

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


Oldham William 'Birdie'

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

#TC     League 3 Apps 2 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

NSL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 9 December 1893 Wrexham (Away)

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

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

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





Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.



1908-09 Outside-left


ML     League 16 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal


Debut 26 September 1908 Hazel Grove (Home)


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



1978-79 Defender

NPL    League 1(0)0

Debut 7 April 1979 South Liverpool (Away)

There is nothing on record for this player


Olsen James Paul

James Olsen

2003-04 Midfielder

FL   League 0(2)0

Debut 27 March 2004 Sub Northampton Town (Home)

A former Liverpool trainee, James moved to Tranmere Rovers in March 2001 (four league appearances).

Unable to break into the senior side at Tranmere his contract was cancelled allowing him to move to Macclesfield Town on transfer deadline day in March 2004. He only made two substitute appearances for the senior side, and a handful of appearances for the reserves as a speedy wide-left midfielder.

James later played for Vauxhall Motors (July 2004 to July 2005 - 37 appearances, six goals), Altrincham (July 2005 - nine appearances, one goal), returned to Vauxhall Motors (2005-06 - 13 appearances, one goal), Barrow on loan (2006 - 12 appearances, three goals), Southport (2006-07 - 26 appearances), Stalybridge Celtic (2007 - 11 appearances, one goal), Colwyn Bay, Burscough, Witton Albion (November 2008 to January 2009, nine appearances, two goals), Marine, Colwyn Bay and finally Leigh Genesis (10 appearances).

Since September 2014 James has been a coach at the Everton Academy on a part-time basis responsible for the Under 13s.  In June 2018 he was appointed a director of the Jamie Carragher Sports and Learning Academy Ltd.

Born: Bootle, 23 October 1981.


Onibuje Felawiyo 'Fola'


2007-08 Forward

FL    League 0(1)0

Debut 1 March 2008 Sub Notts County (Home)

The 6’ 6” striker moved from Charlton Athletic juniors to Preston North End in November 2002 but made his Football League debut from the substitutes’ bench whilst on loan at Huddersfield in November 2003 (two league appearances). He then embarked on a journey playing many clubs, rarely making a significant number of appearances. On leaving Preston signed for Barnsley in July 2004 (three appearances) moving to Peterborough United in March 2005 (two appearances), then Cambridge United (2005-06 - 34 appearances, nine goals), Swindon Town in July 2006 (14 appearances, two goals) spending time on loan at Brentford in November 2006 (two appearances) and Wycombe Wanderers signing for them on a permanent basis in January 2007 (five appearances), Shrewsbury Town in August 2007 (no league appearances) and St Albans City (one appearance).

Fola became Keith Alexander’s first signing, albeit on trial, only two days after taking over the managerial reigns at Macclesfield Town. Fola made just one appearance for the Silkmen and left at the beginning of April 2008 having picked up an injury in training.

Signed for Accrington Stanley in August 2008 (four appearances), then Weymouth FC in March 2009 (five appearances), Woking (2009 - two appearances), Grays Athletic (2009-10 - ten appearances, three goals), Southport (2010 - no league appearances), Boreham Wood (2010 - no league appearances), Tooting and Mitcham United (2011-12 - no league appearances) and Cheshunt.

Born: Lagos, Nigeria, 25 September 1984.


Ormrod Les


1978-79 Defender

NPL    League 6(0)0

Debut 7 April 1979 South Liverpool (Away)

Les commenced his career as a trainee at Everton but it was at Stockport County (1970-74) where he established himself making 103 league appearances scoring five goals from 1969 to 1974.  On leaving Stockport he moved to Northwich Victoria, then Stalybridge Celtic, New Mills and Ashton United (1978-79, 15 appearances)  signing for Macclesfield Town in April 1979.

Also represented England at Schoolboy level and was a member of the GB Fire Service XI.

Away from football was a member of the Fire Service.

Born: Stockport, 8 October 1952.


Ormston Arthur

1931-32  Centre-forward

CL     League 5 apps 4 goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

Born in Alnwick he first played for Radcliffe in the Ashington District League signing in June 1919 and then played for many clubs commencing with South Shields (October 1919), Radcliffe Borough for a second time (September 1920), South Shields again (October 1920), Chesterfield (May 1921), Durham City (September 1922, 18 appearances, four goals), Coventry City (March 1933, two appearances), Barrow (August 1923, 33 appearances, 10 goals), Wigan Borough (March 1924, 19 appearances, five goals), Oldham Athletic (June 1925), Bradford City (October November 1926), Bristol Rovers (June 1927), Oldham Athletic for a second time (November 1928, three appearances) and Stalybridge Celtic (October 1930) where he scored 59 goals between signing and the end of the season.

Signed for Macclesfield in August 1931 he played in a few matches in the first half of the season, at a time when the centre-forward position was being filled by various players. He scored two goals in the 2-2 home draw with Chester in October, and a further two goals in the 8-4 home win against Nantwich in November. It would appear that he retired from playing football after his short time at Macclesfield

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

Was the licensee at the Gardeners Arms at Waterhead, Oldham.

Born: 3 June 1900. Died:  13 October 1947, Oldham.


Orwin Arthur

1947-48 Outside-right

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 4 October 1947 South Liverpool (Away)

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


Osadebe Emmanuel

Ebuka 'Paddy'


2019-20 Midfielder

FL     League 22(3)4     Cups 3(2)0

Debut 3 August 2019 Exeter City (Away)

Born in Ireland, as a youth played for his home club of Dundalk moving Tottenham Hotspur in 2014 as part of their Foundation College Programme. Signed his first professional contract with Gillingham in July 2015 (42 league appearances, three goals) winning the ‘Goal of the Season’ award for 2015-16. Released by Gillingham he moved to Cambridge United  in July 2017 (16 appearances) spending time on loan at Newport County (January–March 2018, three appearances).

Having been released by Cambridge United at the end of the 2018-19 season signed for Macclesfield Town in June 2019 on a one-year deal. Featured regularly in the side in the centre of midfield occasionally playing just behind the front two. Scored some important goals, twice to gain a draw for the side and the winning strike in the home match against Port Vale. Although on a one-year deal left the club during the last week of January 2020 with the intention of signing for Southend United but with a transfer embargo in place the club could not offer him a contract.

Since leaving Macclesfield he was without a club until he signed for Walsall at the beginning of September 2020. In April 2021 it was announced that he had extended his contract to the end of the 2021-22 season with an option for a further year. Whilst Walsall wished to exercise their option in the summer of 2022 Emmanual opted to join Bradford City on a two-year deal. Unfortunately he suffered a double leg fracture on his debut in the first league match of the 2022-23 season. Having recovered his contract was extended for the 2023-24 season but left Bradford City in January 2024 to join EFL2 side Forest Green Rovers remaining under contract for the 2024-25 season.

Born: 1 October 1996.


Osbaldeston William


1919-20 to 1921-22 Goalkeeper

LC     League    1 App 0 Goals

CL     League 49 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 14 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 6 December 1913 Portsmouth Rovers (Away)

A native of Southport played for junior teams in Southport before moving playing for Southport Central.  He then moved to Norfolk playing for King's Lynn for 12 months, but had to stop playing football for some time as he was injured playing cricket. He moved to Macclesfield about 1909 signing for Macclesfield Wednesdays and also played for Parkside Asylum. Whilst with Parkside he made one appearance for Macclesfield FC when he deputised for the injured Joe Allen.

In World War One he enlisted with the 7th Cheshires in September 1914.  Later he was transferred to the 10th Cheshires. Gained his first stripe and spent time in the second line at Aberystwyth, Northampton and Bedford. In 1917 he was posted abroad to France where he was shot returning home to recover. After treatment he returned to the front with the 4th Cheshires. By the time he was demobilised he had reached the rank of Company Quartermaster Sergeant.

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

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

He died in March 1931 at the age of 46.


Osbiston R

1935-36 Goalkeeper

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 7 December 1935 Hurst (Away)

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

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Heanor Town following a successful trial.



1894-95 Centre-forward


TC     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 5 January 1895 Hanley Town (Away)


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


Osborne DJ

1927-28 to 1929-30 Defender


CL     League 8 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 3 October 1927 Mossley (Home)


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


Osborne H

1928-29 and 1929-30 Centre-forward


CL     League 3 Apps 2 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 29 March 1929 Congleton Town (Away)


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


Osipitan Jamie



FL     League 0(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 10 October 2019 Kingstonian (Home) FA Cup Round 1

A member of the Macclesfield Academy who played in the FA Cup match when senior players were on strike following late payment of wages which was his sole senior appearances in the 2019-20 season.


Owen Arfon

1976-77 to 1978-79 Utility

NPL    League 24(5)0     Cups 9(0)0

Debut 11 September 1976 Lancaster City (Away)

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


Owen William 'Billy'


1932-33 and 1933-34 Outside-left

CL    52 Apps 15 Goals    Cups 15 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 25 March 1933 Runcorn (Away)

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

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

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

Born: 17 September 1906. Died: 26 March 1981, Newport.


Owen Wally

1947-48 and 1948-49 Outside-right

CL   League 45 Apps 13 Goals    Cups 8 Cups 1 Goal

Debut 13 March 1948 Stockport County Reserves (Home)

Born in Garston, during the Second World War Wally was on the books of Everton making 26 appearances and scored nine goals from 1940 to 1943 (With all the matches played during the war classified as friendlies, none of these appearances and goals are included in official statistics).  After demobilisation from the Army he signed professional forms with Everton featuring in their Central League side.

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

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


Owencroft George Edward

1934-35 Outside-left/outside-right 

CL    League 5 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 25 August 1934 Buxton (Home)

Whilst born in Preswich, Manchester he started out at Mochdre in the Vale of Conway league before signing for Colwyn Bay United (March 1931), then Reading (May 1931), Barnsley (August 1932) and Southport (June 1933, 11 appearances)

Signed for Macclesfield in August 1934 where he made early season appearances, scoring his goal in the 5-0 home victory against Hurst. His appearances came when deputising for Glyn Davies.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Rhyl Athletic (September 1935) and completed his career back at Colwyn Bay United (January 1936).

Born: 30 April 1911. Died: 20 May 1986, Bromsgrove.



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#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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