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Rabiu Olalekan

2016-17 Midfielder

NC     Cups 0(1)0

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

Started his career with Harberdashers' Askes Federation Football Programme/HAKA Elite Football Programme at Haberdashers' Aske's Knights Acadamy. In 2011-12 was a scholar at Rochdale before moving to VCD Athetic for the 2013-14 season. He then played for Cray Valley (Paper Mills) FC (early 2014-15), Chatham Town (December 2014), Hastings United (March 2015), Hayes and Yeading, Erith Town (September 2015), Sittingbourne (August to October 2016).

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

Signed for Erith & Belvedere for the 2017-18 season.

Was a part time freelance assistant coach with Gopro Football (July 2015 to May 2016), Office administrator at Ray Sheksons & Co Accountants (January 2016 to January 2017), Cover Supply Supervisor with Sugarman Education (February 2017 to February 2018), and is now a freelance coach with Jam Total Sport (September 2016 to date) and a Storyboard Artist with Little Drops Production (August 2017 to date).


Rafferty Jeff

1978-79 Midfielder/defender

NPL    League 17(0)0     Cups 3(0)0

Debut 11 November 1978 Southport (Away)

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


Rafferty Kevin Brian

1980-81 Goalkeeper

NPL   League 10(0)0    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 16 August 1980 Netherfield (Away)

An apprentice at Crewe signing his first professional contract in September 1978 where he made his first team debut at 17 years of age, going on to make 22 appearances for the Railwaymen.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1980. Kevin played in most of the opening matches of the 1980-81 season but was replaced by Robin Simpson on his return to the club at the beginning of November 1980.

Moved to Nantwich Town in the summer of 1984 and later played for Whitchurch Alport.

Born: 9 November 1960.


Rafferty William

1936-37 Inside-left

CL    League 32 Apps 8 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 6 Goals

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

Was on the books of Derby County and then St Mirren before signing for Macclesfield where he was a regular in the side only missing eight matches throughout the 1936-37 season. Scored both goals in the 2-1 replay win over Buxton in the third round of the Challenge Cup, a competition in which Macclesfield reached the semi-final in the 1936-37 season. He also scored a goal in each of three of the four FA Cup ties.



1936-37 Outside-left

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 10 March 1937 Northwich Victoria (Home)

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


Ramsbottom Sam


2017-18 Goalkeeper

NL     League 4(2)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 21 October 2017 Sub Leyton Orient (Away)

A native of Greasby, Merseyside Sam joined Tranmere Rovers at the age of seven. Since signing as a professional he has spent time on loan at Non-League sides Burscough, Droylsden, Bootle and Witton Albion (September 2014) before signing for Galway United in the summer of 2016. Released by Galway United in November 2016 he became a free agent but spent the last two months of the 2016-17 season at AFC Fylde on a non-contract basis although he did not feature for the senior side. Following a trial at Grimsby Town he signed a one-month contract with Barrow in August 2017, on the expiry of the contract he was released and spent three weeks without a club..

Signed for Macclesfield at the beginning of October 2017 as the second string goalkeeper to Shwan Jalal restricting his appearances to the few occasions when Jalal was unavailable, however, he still performed generally well and made some good saves.

Having been released by Macclesfield Town at the end of the 2017-18 season signed for Alfreton Town but was released by them in May 2019 when he signed a one-year deal with Scottish club Greenock Morton. Released by Greenock Morton in the summer of 2020. In March 2021 signed a deal until the end of the 2020-21 season with Scottish League One side Dumbarton signing a one-year extension in the summer of 2021. Released in the summer of 2022 when he signed for Scottish League One side FC Edinburgh (formerly known as Edinburgh City) with his contract extended at the start of the 2023-24 season.

Born: 3 April 1996.


Rankin Isaiah Marcus


2006-07 Forward

FL   League 1(3)0

Debut 7 April 2007 Sub Wrexham (Home)

Isaiah, an extremely experienced striker,  started his career in the youth section at Arsenal, gaining his first professional contract with the Gunners in September 1995 (one league appearance). Whilst at Arsenal he spent time on loan at Colchester United in September 1997 (11 appearances, five goals).  A £1.3M deal saw him join Bradford City in August 1998 (37 appearances and four goals) when he also spent time on loan at Birmingham City in January 2000

(13 appearances, four goals) and Bolton Wanderers in August 2000 (16 appearances, two goals).  A £350,000 transfer saw him move to Barnsley in January 2001 (47 appearances and eight goals), signed for Grimsby Town in February 2004 (12 appearances, four goals). Next stop was Brentford in July 2004  (78 appearances and 15 goals) before returning again to Grimsby Town in July 2006 (37 appearances and two goals). 

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

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

Born: Edmonton, 22 May 1978.


Ratcliffe G


1897-98 to 1900-01 Centre-half

#SDL       League 10 Apps 1 Goal

NSL         League 8 Apps 0 Goals

#ML        League 1 App 3 Goals

Debut for Hallefield prior to 1897-98 season

Debut for Macclesfield FC 26 January 1901 Prestwich (Away)

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

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



1880-81 Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.


Rawlinson Norris

1935-36 Right-back

CL       League 30 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1935 Buxton (Home)

First played for Rochdale Pioneers before signing for Halifax Town for the 1933-34 season.

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

Moved to Rossendale United in the summer of 1936.

Born Q2 1906, Rochdale. Died:1968


Ray Richard 'Dick'




1893-94 and 1895-96 Full-back

#TC      League 32 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 14 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 23 September 1893 Stockport County (Home)

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

On leaving Macclesfield Dick's football career progressed from player to manager. As a player he first moved to Burslem Port Vale (May 1894, 29 appearances, one goal), and was then signed by Crewe Alexandra (1895). However, he did not make any appearances for Crewe but returned to Macclesfield where he featured for the whole season gaining a second winner's medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Crewe Alexandra!   He then signed for Manchester City in May 1896  where he made 83 league appearances, scored 3 goals, and was a member of the team who were Second Division Champions in 1898-99.

(He was again registered as a player at Macclesfield in October 1900 but comprehensive team details are unavailable for this time such that there is no record of when he appeared for the club but it is recorded that he was a member of the committee when the club re-formed for the 1900-01 season).

He returned to Manchester City (September 1902, no senior appearances) then moving to Coventry City (February 1903), Stockport County (July 1903, 34 appearances), Chesterfield Town (June 1904, 31 appearances) and Leeds City (May 1905, 38 appearances), where he was captain, leaving in January 1908 for Haslingden. He then spent relatively short spells at the following clubs - Leeds City again (April 1908), Huddersfield Town (July 1908), another return to Leeds City (April 1909) and Mirfield United (November 1910)

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

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

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

Born: 4 February 1876. Died: 28 December 1952.


Ray W

1895-96 Inside-right


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

Debut 21 September 1895 Everton Reserves (Home)


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


Rayner Albert Edward


Eddie Rayner

1961-62 and 1962-63 Left-half

CL   League 51 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 10Apps 0 Goals

Debut 19 August 1961 Buxton (Home)

Eddie commenced his football career at Northwich Victoria spending seven seasons there.  Whilst at Northwich he was spotted by scouts from Stoke City, eventually signing for them in May 1955 staying for five seasons although he only made four senior league appearances before moving to Chelmsford for a single season in which they finished runners-up in the league. 

He then moved to the Moss Rose where he quickly settled in as a fast moving, quick tackling wing-half.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Hyde United. He was employed in the motoring trade in Manchester.

Born: 13 August 1932.




Debut 22 November 1884 Leek (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player.


Read CW

1883-84 Forward

Debut 20 October 1883 Goldenhill (Home)


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


Read Edward 'Ted'

1930-31 Centre-half

CL     League 37 Apps  3 Goals    Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1930 Nantwich (Home)

Born at Rhosllanerchrugog, a product of Welsh football initially at Bersham then Rhos Athletic and Penycae. He signed for Wrexham in September 1927 where he made 20 first team appearances. He also represented Wales at junior level.

Moved to Macclesfield in August 1930, he was a tireless worker, Ted only missed eight matches in his sole season with the Silkmen mainly through injury, and at the end of the season when he was rested at a time the team were clearing a backlog of matches.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Halifax Town (August 1931) where he remained until 1933 when he was badly injured. He had an unsuccessful trial at Rochdale in October 1936 but went on to sign for Bellfield St Annes.

Born 16 June 1903, died 10 April 1997 at Wrexham aged 93.


Reddish Ernest 'Erny'

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


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


NSL     League 7 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 1 February 1896 Glossop North End (Home)

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

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

Brother of W Reddish.


Reddish W

1896-97 Right-half


#TC     League 4 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 12 September 1896 Barnton Rovers (Home)


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




Debut 20 November 1880 Cliffe Vardis (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player.


Reece Tommy



1896-97  to 1904-05 Forward

#TC      League 2 App 1 Goals

#SDL    League 18 Apps 9 Goals

NSL      League 21 Apps 1 Goal      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

#ML     League 78 Apps 27 Goals  Cups 6 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 17 April 1897 Buxton (Away) 

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

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

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


Reed Stephen Leslie



2009-10 Defender

FL   Cups 1(0)0

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

Stephen began his career at Yeovil Town  as a junior signing his first professional contract in September 2002 making his senior debut at 17 years of age but only managed eight senior league appearances. Whilst at Yeovil he had loan spells at Forest Green Rovers, Woking, Aldershot and Torquay United (26 appearances).  He moved to the Gulls on a permanent basis in the summer of 2006 but left them in January 2007 to join Weston-super-mare until the end of the season. He spent the 2007-08 season at Cambridge United where he made over 40 appearances including both legs of the play-offs, the final against Exeter City and in the narrow FA Cup defeat by Wolves.  He left Cambridge for Weymouth in the summer of 2008, playing 32 Conference matches and was captain of the side.

Steve signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2009. With the left-back position covered by Carl Tremarco and then Sean Hessey, Stephen was restricted to just one senior appearance and found himself on loan at Grays Athletic and then from December 2009 to the end of the season at his former club, Weymouth.

Stephen was released by Macclesfield in the summer of 2010 after which he signed for Chelmsford but returned to Weymouth in the summer of 2011. Having been released by Weymouth he signed for Tiverton Town in the summer of 2013 moving to Bideford in October 2013.  In 2014 he was on the books of Ilfracombe Town, Fremington and Holsworthy before returning to Bideford at the start of the 2014-15 season. Joined Barnstable Town in the summer of 2018 moving to SW Peninsula League side Elmore in July 2019 returning to Bideford  in September 2019 to help out during an injury crisis but left Elmore in October 2019 to join fellow SW Peninsula side Holsworthy. In December 2020 signed for Torrington, another SW Peninsula League club.

Born: Barnstaple, 18 June 1985.


Rees H

1902-03 and 1903-04 Defender


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

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


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


Regan Carl Anthony

Carl Regan

2006-07 and 2007-08 Defender

FL     League 54(4)2    Cups 7(1)0

Debut 5 August 2006 Darlington (Away)

Carl, a former England Youth international, started his career as a trainee at Everton where he was a member of their FA Youth Cup winning side in 1998 signing his first professional contract in January 1998. On leaving Everton he joined Barnsley in June 2000 (37 league appearances) followed by moves to Hull City in August 2002 (38 appearances) and Chester in March 2005 (47 appearances).

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2006.  A right-footed player, he featured regularly in the starting line-up either at right-back or right wing-back, and often broke forward down the flank giving him the opportunity to score two goals, the first of which, a 25-yard strike against Boston United in November 2006, was his first senior goal. 

In the first half of the 2007-08 season Carl continued to fill the right-back position but became yet another player to follow Paul Ince to MK Dons at the end of January 2008 (36 appearances, one goal). Carl moved to Bristol Rovers in July 2009 (56 appearances) spending time on loan at Notts County in February 2011 (four appearances) signing for Shrewsbury Town in August 2011 (13 appearances), returning to Notts County on a permanent basis in August 2012 (11 appearances) and Bury in January 2013 (10 appearances) where it would appear he remained for a single season.

Born: LIverpool, 14 January 1980.


Reid Izak George

Izak Reid

2006-07 to 2010-11  Defender

FL   League 117(28)5    Cups 10(3)0

Debut 23 December 2006 Swindon Town (Home)

Izak progressed through the ranks at Macclesfield and was given his first professional contract in July 2006.  Latterly playing as an attacking right-back, during his time as a member of the senior side, he also played at right wing-back, on the right side of midfield and as an emergency left-back despite being a right-footed player. When his brother Levi was at the Moss Rose they often covered the right flank together. Izak was almost ever-present in the side until the 2010-11 season when he faced competition from other players, but he still managed to make a total of 40 appearances in all competitions.  

Izak moved to Morecambe in July 2011 (54 league appearances, three goals) and remained with them until January 2013 when he was released.  He then signed for Brackley Town moving to Barrow (2014), AFC Telford United (2015) at which time he became an apprentice electrician, Stafford Rangers (2016), Chasetown (February 2019) and Hednesford Town (March 2019) from where he was released in the summer of 2020. Joined United Counties League-Premier South side Gresley Rovers where he made his debut on 28 September 2021, extending his contract, alongside his brother, Levi, for the 2022-23 season. Signed for Hellenic League - Premier side Worcester City in the summer of 2023.

Born: Stafford, 8 July 1987.


Reid Levi  Stanley Junior

Levi Reid

2007-08 Midfielder

FL   League 29(2)2    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 11 August 2007 Bradford City (Away)

Levi is the older brother of Izak and is a former Port Vale trainee where he gained his first professional contract in the summer of 2003.  He was released by them in May 2005 and since then played for Stafford Rangers. He impressed during the 2007-08 pre-season at the Moss Rose and was given a one month contract by Ian Brightwell. Following a string of solid performances Levi was rewarded with an extended deal until the end of December 2007.  A speedy right-sided midfielder, there were times when he and his brother would cover the right flank together.  Levi was released in the summer of 2008 when he signed for Oxford United moving to Stafford Rangers in 2009 and Telford United in 2011. Spent some time on loan at Chasetown before signing for Gainsborough Trinity in 2012 but returned to Stafford Rangers in October 2012. For the 2015-16 season Levi was both the Players' and Directors' Player of the Year. Signed a permanent deal with Chasetown in August 2019 returning to Stafford Rangers for a fourth time in February 2020. Followed his brother to Gresley Rovers where he made his debut on 22 January 2022, extending his contract for the 2022-23 season.

Born: Stafford, 19 January 1983.



Rendle Drake Perry Alan


2017-18 Forward

NL     Cups 1(0)0

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

A Canadian born in Calgary, Alberta, Rendle has been a part of several clubs in Canada and the UK.  He started with Calgary Foothills S C at Under-12 level in the Calgary Minor Soccer Association (CMSA) until he reached the Under-16 level when he moved to Calgary South West United Under 16s in the CMSA League where he was promoted to the Under 18s squad.

Having attended a two day Soccer Trial Camp with Concept 4 Soccer International he was offered a trial with Bury FC signing for their youth set-up in March 2013 remaining with them until January 2014 when he transferred to Burnley's youth set-up.

Returned to Canada in February 2014 because he encountered Visa issues. In April 2014 had trials with Vancouver Whitecaps and the Canadian National Under 18 squad. Produced an assist on his international debut and travelled to France with the Canadian Under 18 squad representing his country in the Tournoi International U-18 de Limoges. In 2015 played for Mount Royal University Cougars and in 2016 returned to Calgary Foothills SC.

Returned to the UK in the summer of 2016 for pre-season with Blackburn, signing for Mossley in October 2016 but did not make any senior appearances, moving to Winsford United in November 2016 where he remained until January 2017 when he signed for Droylsden.

Returned to Canada again in June 2017 to play for Calgary Foothills.

Came back to the UK in the summer of 2017 when he signed for the newly formed Macclesfield Town Under 21 Youth Development team. Played in the club's only Cheshire Senior Cup match of the season when members of the Development team fulfilled the tie.

Signed for Glossop North End in March 2018 but ended the 2017-18 season at Gala Fairydean Rovers. Played for Calgary Foothills, Canada USL2 during their May to August 2019 season, then signing for Calgary Croatia SC whose season runs from November 2019 to May 2020. With Mount Royal University Cougars for the  2021-22 season where he was in his third year studying for a Communications qualification.

Born: 19 December 1997.


Rhoddan G

1905-06 Centre-forward


ML     League 27 Apps 7 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 2 September 1905 Northwich Victoria (Home)


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



1912-13 Inside-left


LC     League 3 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 5 April 1913 Hindley Central (Away)


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

Would appear to have signed for Congleton Town for the 1913-14 season.


Richards Courtney


2017-18 midfielder

NL    League 2(4)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 5 August 2017 sub Wrexham (Away)

Signed by Coventry City Academy from Romulus, he moved to the Brighton & Hove Albion youth system in 2012 and during his time there was on loan at Whitehawk from October 2013 to January 2014. Left Brighton & HA in the summer of 2014 when he signed for Torquay United, making over 100 appearances for the Devon club and was their captain for the 2016-17 season.

Courtney signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2017 spending three months on loan at Solihull Moors from September 2017. Very much a fringe player, on his return from loan duties he only made one start, one appearance from the substitutes' bench and was an unused substitute on two occasions.

Released by Macclesfield Town at the end of the 2017-18 season after which he joined Nuneaton Borough in August 2018, Braintree Town in November 2018. In the 2019-20 season Courtney was involved in a succession of moves: signing for AFC Wulfrunians in August 2019, Alvechurch in September 2019, three weeks later Stratford Town and Bromsgrove Sporting in September 2020. Made a further move in November 2020 when he signed for Hednesford Town who extended his contract in the summer of 2021. Signed for Worcester City in October 2022 moving to Midland - Premier side Bewdley Town at the end of October 2023.

Born: 22 November 1993,


Richards Percy


1922-23 Centre-forward

CL     League 3 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 16 September 1922 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

Commenced his career with Clayton Congregational before signing for Stalybridge Celtic (March 1919), then Belsize Athletic, Droylsden (November 1921) and Crewe Alexandra (April 1922).

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

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for New Cross (November 1922) then, Chapel-en-le-Frith (January 1923), Glossop (November 1923), Stalybridge Celtic again (September 1924), returned to Glossop (November 1924), New Mills (summer 1925), Burnley (January 1926, nine appearances, eight goals), Plymouth Argyle (January 1928, 30 appearances, 15 goals), Tunbridge Wells Rangers (Summer 1930), Folkestone (June 1932) and returned to Tunbridge Wells Rangers (October 1933).

In 1914, whilst representing Manchester Schoolboys he was a member of the team which won the English Schoolboys' Shield.

 By trade he was an electrician. 

Photograph kindly provided by Plymouth Argyle.

Born: 15 May 1905, Manchester.


Richardson Jimmy



1950-51 to 1954-55  Centre-half

CL    League 158 Apps 12 Goals   Cups 35 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 4 November 1950 Runcorn (Away)

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


Richardson Marcus Glenroy

Marcus Richardson

2005-06 Forward

FL   League 8(0)3

Debut 25 March 2006 Shrewsbury Town (Home)

Started his career at Burnham moving to Slough Town for the 1999-2000 season and then became a journeyman player with numerous clubs under his belt signing for Harrow Borough for the 2000-01 season. In March 2001 he signed for Cambridge United (16 league appearances, two goals), then Torquay United in September 2001 (39 appearances, eight goals), Hartlepool United in October 2002 (27 appearances, five goals), spending time on loan at Lincoln City in August 2003 (12 appearances, four goals), signing permanently for them in December 2003 (40 appearances, 10 goals) from where he spent time on loan at Rochdale in February 2005 (two appearances), moving to Yeovil Town in March 2005 (four appearances) and Chester City in July 2005 (34 appearances, four goals)

Joined Macclesfield Town on loan from Chester City for the final few weeks of the 2005-06 season.  Marcus left his best performances until the last two matches, when he scored three goals, the last of these was a late strike on the final day of the season at Bristol Rovers, which ensured that the Silkmen retained Football League status.

Left the Moss Rose in the summer of 2006, Marcus has since played for a number of clubs: Weymouth (2006), Cambridge United for a second time (2006-07, 20 appearances, three goals), Crawley Town (2007, 18 appearances, two goals), Bury (2007, one appearance), Farnborough (2007-09, 88 appearances, 32 goals), Henley Town (2009), Windsor & Eton (2009-10), Reading Town (2010-12) where he was a member of the management team,  after which he moved to Marlow (2012-14) helping them to gain promotion as the Hellenic League Premier Division Champions. In January 2014 he became coach at Highmoor Ibis subsequently becoming Director of Football/Manager. After a disappointing run of results resigned as manager on 5 October 2017. Marcus was not out of work for long as he was appointed manager of Uhlsport Hellenic League Premier Division club Flackwell Heath on 20 November 2017 leaving them in October 2021.

Born: 31 August 1977..


Ridgway Frederick


1956-57 Inside-left/Inside-right

CL League 39 Apps 11 Goals    Cups 13 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 18 August 1956 Buxton (Home)

With Stockport County probably during WW2 and then Witton Albion (October 1954 to September 1955, 40 appearances, 10 goals), Congleton Town (36 appearances, 14 goals) and Port Vale Reserves.

Joined Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1956 and was almost ever-present in the team until late in the season when he was in competition with others.  Changed wings for several matches when Frank Monaghan played at inside-left.


Ridings David  'Dave'


1990-91 Midfielder

Conf   League 1(0)0

Debut 22 April 1991 Yeovil Town (Home)

First played for Ainsworth FC (Bolton) before sigjning for Curzon Ashton from 1990-93, and whilst there spent a short time on loan at Macclesfield making just one appearance.

For the 1993-94 season he was with Halifax Town (21 league appearances, four goals) moving to Lincoln City in 1994

(10 appearances), Ashton United (1994-95), Crewe Alexandra (1995-96, one appearance) spending time on loan at Hednesford Town. From 1996 to 2002 he was at Leigh RMI and, having turned down a new 12-month contract, signed for Stalybridge Celtic for the 2002-03 season returning to Curzon Ashton for the 2002-03 season completing his career by going full circle to Ainsworth FC.

Photograph kindly provided by Stalybridge Celtic.

Born: 27 February 1970.


Ridler Colin


1990-91 Goalkeeper

Conf   League 3(0)0

Debut 3 September 1990 Kidderminster Harriers (Away)

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

In 1984 Colin gained a BSc degree in Mathematics.

Away from football from August 1984 to September 1985 Colin was an accountant for Robson Rhodes. In January 1986 he moved to the Kellogg Company initially as a Salesman, then a Customer Services Controller, Export Distribution Manager, Distribution Procurement manager, UK & ROI Distribution Manager and Supply Chain Director leaving the company in October 2012 after which he undertook a Sabbatical until March 2014. His latest know employment was with AstraZeneca as a Global Category Manager, Stockport


Ridler David  'Dave'

Dave Ridler

2001-02 and 2002-03 Defender

FL   League 53(3)0    Cups 8(1)0

Debut 11 August 2001 Swansea City (Home)

A former chef, Dave started his career at Wrexham where he made his Football League debut during the 1996-97 season. Remained there for five season making 116 league appearances, scoring one goal.

Signed for Macclesfield Town  in the summer of 2001.  A no nonsense central defender,  Dave was more often than not the first choice to partner Darren Tinson in the centre of the defence, but with a need to improve his disciplinary record, in his second season he adopted a more cautious approach.  In the second half of the 2002-03 season Dave lost his place when Steve Macauley was preferred and was released from his contract on transfer deadline day in March 2003. 

Subsequently played for Scarborough (2003, six appearances), Shrewsbury Town (2003-05, 48 appearances, two goals), Leigh RMI (from 2005), Prescot Cables (2007), Winsford United (2007-08) and Caernarfon Town (2008-08, nine appearances, one goal).

He was appointed assistant manager at Prescot Cables in May 2009, then caretaker manager in November 2010 and was handed the role of manager in December 2010. On leaving Prescot Cables in 2011, Dave moved into coaching overseas and now coaches at the Liverpool FC International Academy in Egypt.

Born: LIverpool, 12 March 1976.


Rigby Ernest

1946-47 and 1947-48 Right-half

CL   League 15 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 4 April 1947 Congleton Town (Away)

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

He was an amateur with Blackpool in the 1949-50 season, played for the Lancashire FA and made 10 appearances for Accrington Stanley as a full-back during the 1950-51 season.

At some stage of his career he also featured for Chorley.

Died in Kirkham on 12 December 1999.


Rigby George

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

CL    League 38 Apps 8 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 31 August 1935 Buxton (Home)

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


Rigby Hayden

1975-76 Midfielder

NPL   League 10(0)0     Cups 7(1)0

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

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


Rigby J

1935-36 Inside-left

CL    League 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 22 April 1936 Mossley (Home)

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



1892-93 and 1893-94 Outside-right


#TC     League 7 Apps 2 Goals


Debut 18 March 1893 Everton Reserves (Away)


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



1919-20 Outside-right


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 21 February 1920 Altrincham (Away)


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


Riley Liam


2017-18 Defender

NL     Cups 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.



Rimmer Jack Woolfall



1938-39 Outside-left

CL     League 35 Apps 6 Goals    Cups 5 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 27 August 1938 Buxton (Home)

Born in Southport he commenced his career as a youngster with Southport based teams Mornington Road Juniors and Birkdale South End before signing for Southport (April 1929) where he made 20 league appearances scoring 6 goals. He then moved to Bolton Wanderers (May 1930) where over the next seven years he made 82 league appearances and scored 16 goals.  He then spent a short time with Burnley Reserves (February 1937) before moving to Reading (June 1937) where he made eight league appearances scoring a single goal.  

Signed for  Macclesfield in the summer of 1938. He went straight into the senior side, missing very few matches, where he used his experience, pace and skill to good effect. 

He also earned English amateur international honours scoring in England's 7-2 win over Ireland on 18 November 1929.

Born: 15 March 1910. Died: 3 March 1989, Southport.

Rimmer T

1919-20 Right-back


CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 13 December 1919 Winsford United (Home)


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

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




Debut  7 April 1877 Normacot (Away)


Made an apperance in this one match as a guest player at a time when he was attached to Stoke.


Ringstead Alfred 'Alf'


1963-64 Outside-right

CL   League 8 Apps 4 Goals   Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 March 1964 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

Started with Everton junior teams and after serving in the Army in India signed for Ellesmere Port. In 1950 moved to  Northwich Vics signing for Sheffield United  in November 1950 where he made 247 league appearances scoring 101 goals from 1950 to 1959. He spent the 1959-60 season at Mansfield Town appearing 27 times in the league scoring three goals. He then played for  Frickley Colliery and Buxton.

Moved to Macclesfield Town towards the end of the 1963-64 season.  Alf scored on his debut in the resounding 7-1 victory. It would appear that on leaving Macclesfield he retired from playing football.

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

Born: 14 October 1927. Died: 15 January 2000, Sheffield.


Rioch Gregor James 'Greg'

Gregor Rioch

1999-00 and 2000-01 Defender/midfielder

FL   League 58(1)6     Cups 6(0)0

Debut 7 August 1999 Northampton Town (Home)

Son of Bruce Rioch, Gregor was a trainee at Luton signing his first professional contract in July 1993 spending time on loan at Barnett from August 1993 (three league appearances), moving to Peterborough United in August 1995

(18 appearances) and then Hull City in July 1996 (91 appearances six goals).

signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 1999. A totally committed and extremely enthusiastic left-sided player who gave his all in every match, and it was probably these qualities which persuaded Sammy McIlroy to hand Gregor the captaincy at the start of the 1999-2000 season, but he was relieved of this responsibility in the October because Sammy felt that he was asking too much of him.  Nevertheless, he had an impressive first term at the Moss Rose and scored two goals, one of which was a penalty, in the win on his return to Hull City in August.  In his second season, appearances were limited due to injury, but when re-introduced he played with speed and agility. 

Moved to Shrewsbury Town on transfer deadline day in March 2001 (46 appearances, two goals) and later to Northwich Victoria (2003 - seven appearances) and Leigh RMI finishing his football career there in 2004.

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

Born: Sutton Coldfield, 24 June 1975.



1909-10 to 1911-12 Defender


ML     League 5 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 1 Goal


LC       League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 3 January 1910 Denton (Away)


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



1919-20 Inside-left


CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


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


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


Roberts Adam


2010-11 and 2011-12 Midfielder

FL   League 1(3)0       Cups 0(2)0

Debut 30 April 2011 Sub Gillingham (Away)

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

In the 2011-12 season, Adam was another player who joined the long list of injured players when he incurred an ankle injury in November which required surgery. His four appearances were spread throughout the season with his first senior start coming in the final match at Southend United.  During his time at Macclesfield he spent time on loan at Northwich Victoria (November 2010 and February 2011) and Leek Town (March 2012).

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

Born: 30 December 1991.


Roberts Dave


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

NPL   League 76(1)6    Cups 50(0)8

Debut 10 August 1968 Boston United (Away)

Born in Whiston, Stoke-on-Trent, Dave was a junior at Liverpool and had played for Tranmere Rovers.

Signed by Macclesfield from Wigan Athletic, then a non-league side, he was a classy defensive wing-half and highly thought of in the Northern Premier League.  There were occasions when he played as sweeper and moved to inside-forward in the 1971-72 season.  Dave was a member of the Northern Premier League championship teams in 1968-69 and 1969-70, holder of a winners' medal in the FA Trophy in  1970, a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1969 and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70. On leaving Macclesfield he played for Altrincham and Rossendale United.

He was appointed player/manager at Morecambe in the summer of 1972 where he led the side to success in 1974 at Wembley in the FA Trophy. He resigned his position at Morecambe in 1975  to become manager at Kazma (Kuwait) and now lives in South Africa.


Roberts Graham

Graham Roberts

1993-94 Midfielder

Conf   League 11(0)1    Cups 2(0)1

Debut 21 August 1993 Bath City (Away)

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



Roberts John



2016-17 Midfielder

NC Cups 1(1)0

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

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

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

Signed dual forms with Ashton United in December 2016 signing a permanent deal with them in the summer of 2017 signing dual registration forms with Buxton in March 2019. After four years without a club, signed for NWCFL First Division South side Cheadle Heath Nomads in January 2023. Followed his manager to Wythenshawe Town signing for the 2023-24 season.


Roberts Micky

Micky Roberts

1986-87 to 1989-90 Full-back

NPL   League 41(0)0    Cups 17(0)0

Debut 16 August 1986 Caernarfon Town (Away)

Conf  League 72(3)1    Cups 34(4)0

An experienced and very capable defender who moved to Macclesfield Town from Winsford United (7 years), having previously played for Oldham, Mossley, Witton Albion (August 1971 to May 1973, 121 appearances, seven goals) and Runcorn (6 years). Micky was a PE teacher who played his last game for the Silkmen at the age of forty and was appointed team coach when he retired from playing. He won a FA non-League personality award in 1980, played a vital role in the triple winning 1986-87 season (NPL Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup), was Player of the Year for the 1987-88 season and was presented with a FA Individual Merit Award in the 1988-89 season. Micky was one of the most determined and dependable defenders seen during the Conference days.

Having graduated from Durham University, Micky became a lecturer in Leisure and Tourism at Manchester’s City College.

Born: 10 November 1948.


Roberts Percy

1927-28 Centre-forward

CL     League 10 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 August 1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)


A native of Wrexham he first played for Oak Alyn Rovers before signing for Oswestry Town (summer 1925), then Nelson (August 1926) where he made one senior appearance, spending the rest of the season as a member of their reserve team and Ashton National (April 1927).

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1927, he went straight into the side appearing regularly until the middle of October 1927. His eight goals included a hat-trick in the 5-2 home win against Mossley at the beginning of October.

In March 1928 moved to amateur football with the Birmingham City Police.



1953-54 Inside-left


CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 March 1954 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)


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


Robinson H

1905-06 Left-back


ML     League 28 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 2 September 1905 Northwich Victoria (Home)


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


Robinson JT

1876-77 to 1878-79 Forward and Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


A member of the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers team who featured in the first three seasons of the newly formed Macclesfield FC team.  Played as a forward in the first two seasons but in the first half of the 1878-79 season filled the position of goalkeeper. Represented Cheshire County in February 1979.


Robinson Jess


1906-07 to 1908-09 Left-back

ML     League 81 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 19 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 1 September 1906 Northwich Victoria (Away)

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

On retiring from football became a publican in Romiley.


Robinson Marvin Leon St Clair

Marvin Robinson

2006-07 Forward

FL   League 5(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 5 August 2006 Darlington (Away)

Marvin, an England U-18 schoolboy international, started his career as a trainee at Derby County gaining his first professional contract there in July 1998 (12 league appearances one goal) spending time on loan at Stoke City from September 2000 (three appearances, one goal) and Tranmere Rovers from November 2000 (six appearances, one goal). On leaving Derby County he signed for Chesterfield in September 2003 (32 appearances, six goals) then moved to Notts County in September 2004 (two appearances), Rushden & Diamonds in November 2004 (two appearances), Walsall in December 2004 (10 appearances, four goals), Stockport County in March 2005 (three appearances) and Lincoln City in August 2005 (32 appearances, seven goals)

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2006, he played in all the early season matches but unfortunately could not find the back of the net and was transferred to Conference side Oxford United at the end of August 2006

(30 appearances, three goals) on the same day that strikers Matthew Tipton and Spencer Weir-Daley were signed on loan.

From Oxford United went on loan to Cambridge United (four appearances, one goal) but whilst there Marvin was injured in a car accident in September 2007 resulting in him being recalled to Oxford. Marvin was released by Oxford United in January 2008 after which he played for Kettering Town (2008-09), Redditch United (2008-09), Massey Ferguson FC, Nantwich Town (2009-10, 19 appearances, seven goals), Hednesford Town (2010-12), Brackley Town (2012-13, 35 appearances, four goals)), on loan at Leamington (2013), Oxford City (2013, seven appearances, one goal) returning to Hednesford Town (2014-15, 55 appearances, 11 goals). Then moved to Stafford Rangers (2015-16) from where he spent time on loan at Stafford Town (2017, two appearances) and Sporting Khalsa (2017, three appearances) before returning yet again to Hednesford Town (2017) and finally AFC Wulfrunians (2016-17, 11 appearances, four goals).

Returned to Hednesford Town to take up his first managerial appointment as First team Coach in February 2016 where he was promoted to Assistant Manager (under Gary Birch) in March 2017, however, when Neil Tooth was appointed manager Marvin did not feature in the other managerial/coaching appointments.

A member of the FA Judicial Services Panel and is noted on the Football Black List 2017. In October 2019 he was appointed Chief Executive Officer of the Peterborough United Foundation. In addition, is a council member for the English Schools Football Association and a patron of the Birmingham based charity LoveBrum.

Born: Crewe, 11 April 1980.


Robinson Neil David

Neil Robinson

2002-03 and 2003-04 Forward

FL   League 2(9)0    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 26 August 2002 Lincoln City (Away)

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

Born: Liverpool, 18 November 1979.


Robinson Peter


1958-59 and 1959-60 Player/Manager

CL    League 14 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal 

Debut 24 September 1958 Runcorn (Away)

Before his time at Macclesfield Peter had gained experience at several clubs. Starting his career as an amateur at Urmston, he moved to Manchester City in October 1941 and then guested at Queens Park Rangers and Aldershot towards the end of the Second World War before returning to Manchester City to make one appearance. He then signed for Chesterfield (1947, 60 league appearances), Buxton (1949), Notts County (1950, 82 appearances, one goal) and King's Lynn (1955) where he was awarded a benefit match against Notts County on 29 April 1957 lining up with Keith Bannister (MTFC player 1959 to 1961), Bert Trautman and Roy Paul with Stanley Matthews and John Charles as guests.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1958. He was a player/manager who demanded unwavering dedication and was a fitness fanatic. Unfortunately his style of play, where retention of possession of the ball was paramount, was his undoing and after five straight defeats at the opening of the 1959-60 Season he was dismissed.

Having left Macclesfield he was manager at Hyde United (1960-61), Youth Coach at Manchester City in the 1960s, Youth Coach at Preston North End and returned again to Manchester City as a scout during the 1970s.

Born: 29 January 1922. Died: 9 September 2000, Manchester.


Robles Louis Gabriel


2015-16 Forward

NC     League 0(1)0

Debut 23 January 2016 sub Aldershot Town (Home)

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

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

Despite being signed on loan to the end of the season, returned to Wigan towards the end of January 2016 along with Adam Anson who made no appearances during his short time at the Moss Rose. Then spent time on loan at Gloucester City for the remainder of the 2015-16 season after which he was released by Wigan Athletic.

Moved to the USA to play for Limestone College Saints (South Carolina) from September to November 2016 before returning to the UK signing for Welsh Club Bangor City in January 2017 but only remained there for a very short time before moving to Spain. Spent the second half of the 2016-17 season with CD Atletico Balerares (Majorca) in the Segunda Division B - Group 3. Signed for CD San Roque de Lepe in the Segunda Division B - Group 4 in June 2017. Returned to the UK again signing a one-year deal with Grimsby Town in June 2018 but was released in December 2018 when he returned to San Roque de Lepe moving to Welsh Premier League side Bala Town in August 2019 and The New Saints in June 2020. Elected not to accept a new contract in the summer of 2022 with The New Saints, opting to sign for Cymru Premier side Newtown.

Born: 11 September 1996.



1928-29 Goalkeeper


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 22 December 1928 Northwich Victoria (Away)


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



1910-11 Inside-left


ML     League 3 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 4 Goals


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


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


Rogers Derek William


1963-64 to 1967-68 Forward

CL   League 54(1)24   Cups 14(0)4

Debut 6 April 1964 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)

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

On leaving Macclesfield played for Buxton, Witton Albion (January to April 1969, 14 appearances, three goals), Sandbach Ramblers, Winsford United, New Mills, Ashton United (3 appearances, autumn 1976) returning to New Mills and Middlewich Athletic.

Derek's company have been key sponsors with Macclesfield Town and continue to be food suppliers to the club.

Died on 23 January 2016.


Rogers Joseph James 'Joe'


1893-94 and 1894-95 Centre-forward

#TC     League 16 Apps 12 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 27 January 1894 Chester (Away)

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

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

Joe died in 1955.


Rokka Elliot


2013-14 Midfielder

NC     Cups 0(1)0

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

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

Joined the Macclesfield Community Sports Trust Academy team to get back into the system and was also on the books of Radcliffe Borough where he was their Young Player of the Year in 2016-17 having scored 16 goals. A fast attacking midfielder, can play on the  wing or in the centre with the ability to score goals. Elliot became the first member of the MTFC Academy to feature in a senior match when he played in the second half of the Cheshire Senior Cup semi-final replay at Northwich Victoria.

In 2014-15 was also on the list of players for the Football Education and Training Academy. In addition, played for Manchester Central Under-21 side during the 2015-16. Moved to Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 2017 but went on loan to Colwyn Bay in December 2017 and a second loan spell with Hyde United in March 2018. Released by Tranmere Rovers at the end of the 2017-18 season signing for Radcliffe FC in August 2018 moving to Atherton Collieries in March 2020 with his contract extended for the 2021-22 season. Signed a four week loan deal at the end of November 2021 with Phoenix club Macclesfield FC and a further loan with Colne in March 2022.

On leaving Atherton Colleries in the summer of 2022 signed for NPL - Division One new boys Witton Albion with his contract extended for the 2023-24 season. Having made 49 appearances, scoring 10 goals left Witton Albion on 3 October 2023 but re-signed for them on 18 November 2023.

Born: 18 March 1996.



1897-98 Left-half


#SDL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 16 October 1897 Disley (Away)


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


Rooney John Richard

John Rooney

2007-08 to 2009-10 Forward

FL   League 25(16)3    Cups 2(3)1

Debut 24 March 2008 Sub Barnet (Home)

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

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

Having returned to the UK John signed for Barnsley in October 2012, moving to Bury in July 2013 (three appearances) spending time on loan at Chester (November 2013-January 2014, four appearances one goal), signing a permanent deal with Chester in January 2014 (108 appearances, 25 goals), moved to Wrexham in July 2016 (33 appearances, 11 goals) spending time on loan at Guiseley (February-June 2017, seven appearances, one goal) for whom he signed a permanent deal in July 2017 (31 appearances, five goals) and Barrow in July 2018 where he helped them gain promotion to the Football League in the 2019-20 season and was National League Player of the Year for 2019-20 (whilst playing for Barrow) and again for the 2020-21 (whilst playing for Stockport County). Signed a three-year deal with Stockport County in the summer of 2020. Was also, included in the National League 2020-21 Team of the Season. With little game-time in recent matches at Stockport County, John returned to Barrow towards the end of the January 2022 transfer window for an undisclosed fee, signing a two-and-a-half-year deal. However, his contract with Barrow was cancelled by mutual consert after which he signed for National League side Oldham Athletic at the end of September 2022 on a two year deal. Left Oldham Athletic by mutual consent when he signed for Macclesfield FC at the end of August 2023.

Born: Liverpool, 17 December 1990.


Rooney Thomas Anthony



2004-05 Forward

FL   League 0(1)0    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 20 November 2004 Sub Cheltenham Town (Home)

Cousin of Wayne, formerly of Manchester United and England, Tommy came through the ranks at Tranmere but it was Macclesfield Town who gave him his first professional contract in the summer of 2004.  With other strikers in good form, Tommy found it impossible to break into the senior side on a regular basis, however, he finished the season as the leading scorer for the club’s reserve side. 

After leaving the Silkmen Tommy was a trialist at League of Wales Club TNS, later moving to Vauxhall Motors

(67 appearances, 12 goals), Leigh RMI and Cammell Laird and finally returning to Vauxhall Motors (15 appearances, four goals).

Born: Liverpool, 30 December 1984.


Roscoe Jack Houghton


1932-33 and 1933-34 Centre-forward

CL    League 70 Apps 50 Goals    Cups 16 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 8 October 1932 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Away)

Before joining Macclesfield Jack had played for Werneth Albion, Witton Albion (1927-28),  Mossley (July 1928), Oldham Athletic (May 1931, 19 appearances, eight goals) and Chester (May 1932, one appearance).

He held winners' medals for the Northwich Senior Cup and the Ashton & Manchester Cup.

Signed by Macclesfield in October 1932 for a fee of £25.00 to replace Harry Lovatt he proved to be an excellent player. Missing very few matches in his time at the Moss Rose, he was instrumental in the team winning the Cheshire League Championship in the 1932-33 season when he was top-scorer with 34 goals. Jack was vice-captain for the 1933-34 season and was second-top scorer with 24 goals, and over the two seasons his goal tally included six hat-tricks.

On leaving the Silkmen in 1934 moved to Hyde United where he was still playing in 1938 but returned to Mossley and finally Hope Congregational, his career coming to an end there on the outbreak of the Second World War.  For Mossley he scored 178 goals in 188 appearances during his two spells with the club.

By trade he was a plumber.

Born: 28 January 1906. Died: 1969, Oldham.



1922-23 and 1923-24 Defender


CL     League 31 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 24 March 1923 Stockport County Reserves (Home)


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


Rose Colin James


1997-98 Midfielder

FL   League 15(4)0    Cups 4(0)0

Debut 9 August 1997 Torquay United (Home)

A trainee at Crewe Alexandra, signed his first professional contract in April 1990 (22 league appearances, one goal). On leaving Crewe signed for to Witton Albion (January 1992, 215 appearances, 16 goals), during which time he represented England twice at semi-pro level and went on loan to Congleton Town. 

He joined Macclesfield Town in August 1997 going straight into the starting line-up and, despite making a promising start in midfield, Colin lost his place on the return of Martin McDonald.   In the early games he showed a good turn of pace, provided pin-point crosses and proved to be a tough tackler. 

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Gateshead in March 1998 (five appearances) after which he played for Runcorn, Northwich Victoria (2000, 11 appearances), Hyde United, Leek Town (2000-01, 33 appearances), Winsford United (2001-02), returning to Witton Albion (70 appearances, one goal) and Middlewich Town. Was assisting with the coaching of Winsford United's Under 12 team in 2016.

Born: 23 January 1972.


Rose John Henry


1897-98 to 1903-04 Left-half

#SDL      League 12 Apps  2 Goals

NSL        League 36 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps  0 Goals

#ML       League 75 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals 

Debut 18 September 1897 Stockport All Saints (Home)

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

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

Away from football was a printer's assistant at Hovis Limited retiring in 1942.

Died Macclesfield, 28 February 1943.


Rose Michael Charles


2018-19 Midfielder

FL   League 39(2)5     Cups 7(1)2

Debut 4 August 2018 Swindon Town (Away)

With Manchester United’s Academy from 1999 to July 2001. On his release he signed for Chester City where he appeared alongside his brother, Stephen (35 league appearances, four goals). In July 2002 he moved to Hereford United (83 appearances, six goals), signing for Yeovil Town in May 2004 (41 appearances, one goal) where he played in their championship winning season and was named in the PFA Team of the Year for League Two. Having spent time on loan at Cheltenham Town from August 2005 (three appearances) and Scunthorpe United from January 2006 (15 appearances) he signed for Stockport County in July 2006 (104 appearances, 10 goals) spending time on loan at Norwich City from January 2010 (12 appearances, one goal) helping them to win promotion to the Championship. His next club was Swindon Town in July 2010 (35 appearances, three goals), followed by Colchester United in May 2011 (35 appearances, three goals) scoring their ‘Goal of the Year’ for the 2012-13 season. With his contract cancelled by mutual consent at the end of January 2013 he moved to Rochdale in February 2013 (88 appearances, seven goals), signing for Morecambe in the summer of 2016 (85 appearances, nine goals) from where he was released at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Michael signed a two-year contract with Macclesfield Town in July 2018. The experienced midfielder appeared regularly in the starting line-up in the centre of midfield and all three management teams placed their faith in his performances. Five of his goals came from the penalty spot, including the third equalising goal in the 3-3 draw against Blackpool in the Checkatrade Trophy and his penalty, with almost the last kick of the first half, in the 3-2 home win against Exeter City.

Rarely used during the 2019-20 season with younger player preferred. Made just one league appearance from the substitutes' bench with two starts and one substitute appearance in the Trophy. Released by MTFC in June 2020 signing for Warrington Town in September 2020. Left Warrington Town (probably in late 2020) and has subsequently been without a club having retired from playing. During the 2022-2023 represented BBC Radio Manchester mainly at Stockport County.

Made four appearances for the England C team during the 2002-03 season.

Born: 28 July 1982.


Ross Craig


2016-17 Goalkeeper

NC     League 22(0)0     Cups 5(0)0

Debut 6 August 2016 Torquay United (Home)

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

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

Although offered a further contract, with the re-signing of goalkeeper Shwan Jalal, Craig elected to leave the Moss Rose and signed for Football League club Barnet in the summer of 2017. Was released by Barnet at the end of the 2017-18 season. Early in the 2018-19 season Craig was in goal for Leatherhead which may well have been on a non-contract basis as he signed for Woking towards the end of September 2018. Picked up the Supporters', the Manager's and the Players' Player of the Year awards for the 2019-20 season. In April 2021 agreed an extension to his contract to the summer of 2023. Having been released by Woking signed for fellow National League side Maidenhead United.

Born: 29 January 1990.


Ross Frank

1947-48 Left-back

CL   League 4 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 February 1948 Wellington Town (Home)

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


Ross Neil James

Neil Ross

2002-03 to 2004-05 Forward

FL   League 7(7)0

Debut 18 January 2003 Sub AFC Bournemouth (Away)

A former Leeds United trainee he was awarded his first professional contract in August 1999. On leaving Leeds signed for Stockport County in January 2000 (nine league appearances, two goals) spending time on loan at Bristol Rovers from October to November 2001 (6 appearances in all competitions) and Wuhan Red Heart K in China.

Moved to Macclesfield in January 2003 for a fee of £30,000 with a view to supplementing the strike force. However, he found himself well down the pecking order and mostly had to be content with his role in the Reserve side, where he finished the 2003-04 season as joint top-scorer.  Whilst at Macclesfield Neil spent time on loan at Northwich Victoria (September-October 2003, three appearances, one goal) and Tamworth (August-September 2004, seven appearances, two goals).

Since leaving Macclesfield Neil has played for several non-League sides: Halifax Town (2004-05, 12 appearances, four goals), Alfreton Town (2005-06), Bradford Park Avenue (2006), Ossett Town (2006-07), Ilkeston Town (2007), Buxton (2007-08), FC Halifax Town (2008-09) and Harrogate Railway Athletic (2009).

Appointed Academy manager and Under 23s manager at Farsley Celtic in September 2019 and was promoted to first team manager in November 2021 but lost his job in January 2022 after a poor run of results.

Holds UEFA B Licence Football Coaching Certificate in Coaching.

Since retiring from playing has undertaken a number of roles; Project Manager, kickWorldWide in Oman (August 2012 to May 2013), Multi Sports Coach at One Goal Ltd (August 2013 to July 2014), Community Sports Development Officer with OSCA Foundation Ltd (September 2014 to May 2015), Owner of ProTots (October 2013 to date), Director Pathway2Pro, formerly ExPro Academies, May 2015 to date.

Born: Birmingham, 10 August 1982.


Rosson Sydney 'Syd'


1938-39 Left-half

CL    League 36 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 27 August 1938 Buxton (Home)

Played for Sandbach Ramblers and then Crewe Alexandra (June 1931) remaining with them to the 1933-34 season. On leaving Crewe Alexandra he signed for Buxton.

Signed for Macclesfield in June 1938, he faced Buxton in his very first match.  Almost ever-present in his single season at Macclesfield, he was a tireless worker and a driving force in the team.  Whilst most of his appearances came at left-half, he filled in at right-half when required. His one goal came in the 1-1 draw at Mossley early in January 1939.

Syd also played in Macclesfield's 1939-40 war-time team. During WW2 he served in the Army as a L/Cpl.


Rourke Jack


1919-20 and 1920-21 Centre-half

CL     League 48 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 17 Apps  0 Goals

Debut 20 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

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

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

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

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

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


Rouse David Edward


2006-07 Goalkeeping coach

FL   League 1(0)0

Debut 13 January 2007 Barnet (Away)

David has been involved in football either as a player or coach for many years, and was signed as Macclesfield’s goalkeeping coach at the beginning of the 2006-07 season having held a similar position at Manchester United for the previous eight years.  With both first choice ‘keepers unavailable through injury or suspension, David signed a monthly playing contract in January 2007, making just one appearance in the away match at Barnet which was his English Football League debut at the age of 30. 

Whilst Goalkeeping Coach with the Silkmen, David played regularly for Flixton. As well as coaching at Macclesfield during the 2007-08 season he also coached at Rochdale and later at Wigan Athletic moving to Queens Park Rangers in February 2008 to take the First Team Goalkeeping coaching position moving to EDS goalkeeping coach in 2012 until 2014.

Having left QPR, in October 2014 David was appointed  First Team Goalkeeping Coach in Abu Dhabi with top side Al Ain Sports & Cultural Club.  Left Al Ain in June 2017 and after a short break was appointed goalkeeping coach for the Taiwan National Team in October 2017.

Having returned to the UK David was appointed Lead Youth Goalkeeping Scout at Manchester City in April 2018 moving to Stoke City in December 2019 as first team Goalkeeping Coach leaving them in the autumn of 2022. In March 2023 linked up with his former boss at Stoke City, Michael O'Neill, when he was appointed manager of Northern Ireland.

Holds coaching qualifications from UEFA, the FA and the UAE FA.  Also holds a BSc degree in Psychology.

Born: South Woodham Ferrers, 6 March 1976.


Rouse Domaine Leroy



2014-15 Forward

NC     League 3(2)1

Debut 25 August 2014 Sub Wrexham (Away)

Started his career in the Academy at Bury, gaining his first professional contract in August 2007 (12 appearances).  Whilst at Bury went on loan to Droylsden in 2008 and Fleetwood in 2009. Moved to Hyde in 2010, but after just half a season moved to Droylsden and then Colwyn Bay before returning again to Droylsden in the 2012-13 season, remaining with them to the end of the 2013-14 season.

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

Returned to Droylsden after his release by Macclesfield but was without a club following Droylsden resigning from the NPL in August 2020 until he joined Ramsbottom United (62 appearances, 17 goals) in September 2020 where his contract was extended for the 2022-23 season, however signed for Stalybridge Celtic in September 2022. Moved to Clitheroe in the summer of 2023.


Rowbotham F

1899-1900 and 1902-03 Goalkeeper

NSL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

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

Debut 2 September 1899 Congleton Hornets (Away)

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

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


Rowe Daniel Martin



2013-14 to 2016-17 Midfielder

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

Debut 10 August 2013 Nuneaton Town (Home)

A Stockport County trainee, Danny gained his first professional contract in July 2009 spending time on loan at  Northwich Victoria (November-December 2010). On his return, whilst appearing fairly regularly at Stockport it was in the 2011-12 season that he established himself in the senior side.  Having made 24 league appearances and scored one goal for Stockport County, at the age of 20 he moved to Barrow for the 2012-13 season where he featured regularly.

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

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

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

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

In the first half of the 2016-17 season Danny featured regularly in the starting line-up using his pace to good effect on either wing and was one of the best performing players in the team.

On leaving Macclesfield signed a two and a half year contract with Championship club Ipswich Town in January 2017 for an undisclosed fee, moving on loan to Lincoln City at the beginning of the January 2018 transfer window until the end of the 2017-18 season. Having returned to Ipswich Town at the end of his loan in 2018 he again signed a loan deal with Lincoln City in the January 2019 transfer window until the end of the 2018-19 season. At the end of his loan spell at Lincoln City returned to Ipswich Town. Released by Ipswich Town in the summer od 2020 when the club decided not to take up a further one-year option on his contract. As a free agent signed for Burton Albion in February 2021 until the end of the 2020-21 season extending his contract for the 2021-22 season. Released at the end of the 2021-22 season.

Danny's brother Tommy is also a professional footballer.

Away from football Danny has been a director of MCR Dens, a Manchester based team of property specialists, since November 2019.

Born: 9 March 1992.




Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.


Royle Stewart

1976-77 and 1977-78 Midfielder

NPL   League 6(2)1

Debut 9 April 1977 South Liverpool (Home)

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


Rubbathan Alfred John

1902-03 and 1903-04 Forward

#ML     League 11 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 February 1903 Tonge (Away)

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

Died in Q4 1938 at Bucklow, Cheshire


Ruberto Cody


2016-17 Forward

NC     Cups 1(0)0

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

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

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

Returned home to Canada setting up a Uber-like taxi service in Thunder Bay in competition to the local taxi firms.

Would appear to have returned to the UK signing for Welsh club Cefn Druids in August 2019.

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


Russell Allan John

Allan Russell

2005-06 Forward

FL   League 12(1)2    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 6 August 2005 Leyton Orient (Away)

The Scottish striker started his career in the youth section of Rangers and then played for Hibernian (1997-1999), Hamilton Academical (1999-2003, 65 league appearances, 13 goals) and St Mirren (2003-2005, 51 appearances, nine goals).

He then signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 2005, featuring regularly in the opening games of the season with his two goals coming in consecutive matches in September, including a splendid solo effort at Wrexham. However, despite working hard, he appeared to find it difficult to maintain a consistent level of performance and lost his place on the arrival  of Clyde Wijnhard in the middle of October 2005.

Soon afterwards he left Macclesfield and signed for Mansfield Town (2005-2006, 18 appearances, two goals). He has since played for Forest Green Rovers (2006-2007, 19 appearances, four goals), Partick Thistle (2007, 14 appearances, one goal), Airdrie United (2007-2008, 32 appearances, 19 goals)) and Kilmarnock (2008-10, 25 appearances, four goals).

Leaving Kilmarnock in the summer of 2010 on the expiry of his contract moved abroad to play for Carolina RailHawks

(30 appearances, five goals) whom he helped to win the NASL League Championship in 2010 and 2011. Allan then signed for Los Angeles Blues in December 2011, who later changed their name to Orange County Blues (55 appearances, eight goals), where he was captain for two years playing as a defensive midfielder and a striker.

Has a coaching Consultancy company, Superior Striker Coaching, providing specialist training for attackers and was hired by England manager Gareth Southgate as an attacking coach for the England team in June 2017. Appointed assistant first team coach at Aberdeen in April 2021 leaving his England role some six weeks later reportedly for a serious error of judgement. Along with manager Strephen Glass and fellow coach Henry Apaloo, left Aberdeen on 13 February 2022. Appointed Set-Piece Coach at Norwich City in June 2022 where his contract was terminated by mutual consent in March 2023 to enable Allan to pursue unspecified alternative opportunities.

Away from football, early in his career, Allan was also a model which saw him share the stage with pop star Christina Aguilera at the MTV Awards Show in 2003.

Born: Glasgow, 13 December 1980.


Rutland S

1881-82 and 1882-83

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


There is no information recorded for this player.




1926-27 Right-back

CL     League 26 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 26 August 1926 Hurst (Home)

One of the new players signed in the summer of 1926 from Shirebrook he went straight into the team at the start of the season and was ever-present until the middle of November when he suffered a leg injury in the match against Sandbach Ramblers which kept him out of contention until the middle of March 1927. He then faced competition from other players who replaced him for several matches, with his position eventually being taken when Harry Walker was signed who made the right-back position his own over next three seasons.


Rutter Mark

1991-92 Defender

Conf   League 1(0)0

Debut 19 October 1991 Farnborough (Home)

Mark was at Chorley when he played in just one senior match at Macclesfield whilst on loan in the 2-1 home defeat, but struggling to make an impression was replaced by Paul Clayton.

Had short stint at Hyde United from September to October 1992 before moving to play for various Welsh Clubs  - Bangor City (1992-1998), Rhyl (1998-1999), Flexys Cefn Druids (1999-2001) and Caersws (2001-2002). He then moved to Caernarfon Town as player/assistant manager leaving them in 2003.



1921-22 Centre-forward


CL     League 5 Apps 2 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 2 Goals


Debut 10 September 1921 Monk's Hall (Home)


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


Ryan J Harry

JH Ryan

1946-47 and 1947-48 Inside-left

CL   League 35 Apps 14 Goals   Cups 6 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

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



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