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Sadler Alfred

1880-81 to 1883-84 Right-wing

Debut 16 October 1880 St George's Rangers (Away)

A very fast runner who was a good dribbler of the ball. Scored a hat-trick (some reports state that the second goal was scored by Goldthorpe) in Macclesfield's first ever entry into the FA Cup against Lockwood Brothers of Sheffield who won the match 4-3. Also appeared regularly on the score sheet in competitive matches and represented Cheshire at County level.

When he had retired from playing tried his hand as a referee but after angering a section of the Chester crowd decided against this activity.  Was appointed secretary of the club and also obtained a first class honours degree in silk manufacturing.


Salmon Henry 'Harry'



1927-28 Centre-half

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 18 February 1928 Manchester North End (Away)

Born in Fenton, first played for Stoke St Peter's and then Longton Hall.

Given a one match trial by Macclesfield in February 1928 when he was introduced into the team along with four other new players in an attempt to stem a sequence of nine consecutive matches without a win.  Unfortunately the experiment did not work as Macclesfield lost 1-7 on the day.

Signed for Stoke City in May 1932 initially as an amateur but signed professional forms later in the year but only made three appearances.  On leaving Stoke City he played for Millwall (May 1934) where he made 28 appearances, Wellington Town (summer 1936), Southport (June 1937) making 26 appearances, and Shrewsbury Town (summer 1938).

In WW2 was initially working on ammunitions, was called up in 1940 when he joined the Royal Warwickshire Regiment rising to the rank of sergeant. Took part in the D-Day landings but was killed in action on 30 July 1944 at Caen, France at the age of 34 and is buried at the Fonteney-le-Pesnel War Cemetery.

Born: 14 March 1910. Died: 30 July 1944.



1922-23 Outside-right

CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 2 May 1923 Sandbach Ramblers (A) Challenge Cup Semi-final replay

From Leek, this player was given a one match trial at a time when different players were filling the outside-right position.


Sampson Jack


2014-15 to 2016-17 Forward

NC     League 49(15)6     Cups 8(3)2

Debut 28 March 2015 sub Bristol Rovers (Home)

A member of the Wigan Academy from 2006 to 2008 and the youth section at Bolton Wanderers from 2008 to 2011, Jack signed his first professional contract with Bolton in August 2011.  Although he made no senior appearances for Bolton, he spent time on loan at Southend United from January to April 2012 (nine league appearances), where he made his Football League debut,  and then Accrington Stanley from October to November 2012 (five appearances). Jack moved to Morecambe in June 2013 (58 appearances, five goals).

Whilst at Morecambe signed a loan deal with Macclesfield Town from March to May 2015, signing permanently for the Silkmen in July 2015. Brought in to give manager John Askey an alternative option in the forward line at a time when the recognised forwards had not featured on the score sheet for several matches. Jack's two goals came in the 2-2 draw at Halifax  at the beginning of April.

During the 2015-16 season Jack featured in the majority of the matches in different roles: as sole striker in a 4-5-1 formation, in a double strike force in a 4-4-2 formation and for several matches on the left wing. Whilst only scoring four goals, all in the second half of the season, he brought other skills to his game by using his physical presence and held the ball up well. In the home match against Dover Athletic on 12 April 2016 when goalkeeper Richie Branagan was dismissed, Jack took over the gloves for the majority of the match keeping a clean sheet and was Man of the Match in recognition of his excellent performance.

Involved in the majority of matches in the first half of the 2016-17 season Jack was used both as a striker and in a wide left midfield position and  scored three goals. With  manager John Askey preferring a sole striker (filled by Chris Holroyd) in his formation and other players available capable of filling the left midfield position, in January 2017 Jack went out on loan to Chorley (16 appearances six goals) until the end of the 2016-17 season.

Released by Macclesfield in the summer of 2017, Jack signed for Southport where he was the Supporters' Player of the Year in 2017-18 and Manager's Player of the Year in 2018-19. Moved to AFC Fylde in October 2020 for an undisclosed fee on a one-year contract with the option of a further year at the club's behest. AFC Fylde exercised the one-year extension to Jack's contract for the 2021-22 season. Returned to Chorley in February 2022 on a permanent contract which was extended to the end of the 2022-23 season in the summer of 2022.

Made one appearance in 2011 for the England U19 side.

Born: 14 April 1993.


Sanders Frank

1977-78 Defender

NPL   League 1(0)0

Debut 24 September 1977 Morecambe (Away)

There is nothing recorded about this player.


Sandwith Kevin

Kevin Sandwith

2005-06 Defender

FL   League 34(1)3    Cups 7(0)2

Debut 6 August 2005 Leyton Orient (Away)

Kevin commenced his career at Carlisle as a trainee gaining his first professional contract in July 1996 (three league appearances). On leaving Carlisle moved into the Non-League scene initially signing for Telford United in July 1999

(38 appearances, one goal), then Doncaster Rovers in July 2001 (12 appearances) and Halifax Town in November 2002 (51 appearances, six goals) before re-entering the Football League with Lincoln City in March 2004 (40 appearances, two goals).

Signed for Macclesfield Town  in the summer of 2005, Kevin immediately went into the starting line-up, but after a rather uncertain time he was rested. However, when he was re-instated in November he returned a much more determined player and was virtually ever present for the remainder of the 2005-06 season at left-back or left wing-back. He took many of Macclesfield’s free-kicks from which he scored three goals and also netted two goals from open play, one of which, much to his delight as a left-footed player, was scored with his right foot.  

Having been transfer listed during the 2005-06 season, Kevin moved to Chester City in July 2006 (54 appearances, three goals). Subsequently has played for Weymouth from July 2008 (30 appearances), Oxford United from February 2009

(32 appearances, three goals), Mansfield Town from July 2010 (24 appearances, one goal), Gainsborough Trinity from August 2011 (25 appearances, one goal) and Buxton from From July 2012 (no league appearances). Having been released by Buxton he played one match for AFC Wulfrunians  in 2014 after which he retired from playing football.

In January 2018 Kevin, along with Jamie Haynes, were appointed as the new management team at Ellesmere Rangers (West Midlands League Premier Division). With Jamie Haynes leaving Ellesmere Rangers, Kevin was appointed sole manager at the start of the 2018-19 season but stepped down in the summer of 2019 due to family commitments. For an unknown period Kevin was First team coach at AFC Telford.  Appointed Assistant Manager at Midland League - Premier side Shifnal Town in December 2021 where he is also registered as a player. Along with the manager, Jamie Haynes, left Shifnal Town at the end of the 2022-23 season.

Away from football is involved with Crossbar Coaching in and around Shrewsbury which has been established by Gavin Cowan (former Shrewsbury Town and AFC Telford United player) for the development of young people through sport across the curriculum as well as alternative sports.

Born: Workington, 30 April 1978.


Sang Neil


Conf   Cups 1(0)0

Debut 15 November 1994 Blakenall (Away) Staffordshire Senior Cup R2

Neil was a trainee at Everton turning professional in May 1970 but failed to break into the senior side and having been released joined Torquay United in June 1991. He made 14 Football League appearances for them but was released at the end of the season when they were relegated to the former Division Three.

He returned to the North West with Runcorn and then to Macclesfield where he was a member of the reserve side making just one senior appearance. He later played for Caernarfon Town, Bangor City, Chorley and Marine.

In 1999, at the age of 26, Neil became the youngest licensed FIFA football agent. In 2005 he became the first agent ever outside the English Premier League to negotiate an Image Rights deal when Lee Trundle signed for Swansea City.

Born: 23 May 1972.


Sappleton Reneil St Aubin 'Ricky'

Ricky Stapleton

2009-10 and 2010-11 Forward

FL   League 19(14)8     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 29 August 2009 Rotherham United (Home)

The big, burly striker started his career at Queens Park Rangers in the youth section, moving to Leicester City in July 2007 at the age of 18. He made just one substitute appearance for Leicester although he has been successful in their reserve side where he was a prolific scorer. Whilst at Leicester he enjoyed loan spells at Bournemouth (August-September 2008, three league appearances, one goal), Oxford United (January- February 2009, four appearances, one goal) and AFC Telford United (seven appearances, one goal). 

He joined the Silkmen in August 2009 on loan, a move which was made permanent at the end of January 2010. His season was punctuated by injury,  culminating in two knee operations which sidelined him for the remainder of the season.  Nevertheless, he scored seven goals and, in a low scoring season, was joint top-scorer. Having recovered from injury Ricky made his first appearance of the 2010-11 season in December at Oxford when he scored a consolation goal. However, he failed to re-establish himself in the senior side and was released in the summer of 2011. 

On leaving Leicester City he was without a club until he signed for Bishop's Stortford in January 2012 (46 appearances, 10 goals, moving to Billericay Town in August 2013 (66 appearances, 28 goals), then Kingstonian in July 2015

(15 appearances, seven goals) and VCD Athletic in 2016 (18 appearances, 10 goals). Re-signed for Billericay Town for the 2016-17 season where he featured as a centre-half (16 appearances, two goals) and then re-signed for Kingstonian in the summer of 2017 (seven appearances, one goal). Moved to Heybridge Swifts on 26 October 2017 (10 appearances, two goals), Cheshunt in January 2018 (six appearances, two goals) and Haringey Borough in December 2018

(11 appearances, one goal) returning to Cheshunt in the summer of 2019 where he remains registered as a player but has also been appointed to a coaching role.

Represented Jamaica at Youth and Under-20 levels.

Born: Kingston, Jamaica, 8 December 1989.



Sawyer Thomas


1895-96 and 1896-97 Winger

#TC     League 12 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 21 September 1895 Everton Reserves (Home)

Signed from Derby County, Sawyer featured throughout the 1895-96 season for Macclesfield but only played in the first match of the following season.  Appears that he was used on both wings, scored on his debut in the 2-2 draw and scored two goals in the 4-1 home win against Buxton in February 1896.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Stockport County in April 1896. He then moved to South Shore (October 1897 to May 1898), Newton Heath (October 1899), Chorley (August 1900), returning to Newton Heath (November 1900), Chesterfield Town (October 1901), Poolsbrook United (May 1902), Coventry City (September 1902), Kidderminster Harriers (November 1903), Foleshill Great Heath (April 1904), Walsall (September 1904) and returned to Foleshill Great Heath (March 1905 to April 1905).

Was also a professional cricketer.

Note: Is probably Thomas Okell Sawyer who died in the New Hall (then an old peoples residence) in Gawsworth on 17 February 1958.

Photo - thanks go to Charbel Boujaoude



1919-20 and 1925-26 Left-back


CL     League 4 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 7 February 1920 Monk's Hall (Home)


From Manchester, Schofield was one of numerous players given a one match trial in  the 1919-20 season but was given another chance when he re-appeared in January 1926.  He was unfortunate to be injured on his debut, and having recovered was only used to deputise for William Wainwright who had by then had established himself as the team's left-back.


Schofield H

1904-05 Outside-left


#ML     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 24 September 1904 Hyde (Home)


As there is no information recorded about this player other than he was from Ashton Town, it is assumed that he was being given a one match trial.



1925-26 Right-half


CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 5 September 1925 Manchester North End (Home)


From Openshaw, played in two league matches in September 1925.



1954-55 Left-back

CL     League 11 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 12 March 1955 Witton Albion (Away)


An amateur brought into a depleted side along with two other amateur players, but must have impressed as he remained a regular in the side for the remainder of the season.


Scholes Jack

1950-51 Outside-right

CL    League 2 Apps 1 Goal  

Debut 4 November 1950 Runcorn (Away)

Moved to Macclesfield at the start of the 1950-51 season from Goslings after the club had gone out of business. A member of the reserve side whose introduction to the senior side came in the match against Bangor City on 28 October 1950 which was abandoned after 20 minutes due to fog.

His official debut came the following week when he scored the first goal in the 3-2 victory. 


Scholes Robert 'Bobby'


1927-28 Inside-right

CL     League 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 21 January 1928 Runcorn (Home)

Born in Oldham first played for Hurst and then Glossop before signing for Oldham Athletic in August 1923 initially as an amateur but as a professional from October 1924. Signed for Walsall (June 1926) and then Mid-Rhondda United (September 1927).

At Macclesfield for a single match when he was introduced into the side along with three other new players in an attempt to stem a losing sequence of matches. The change of personnel almost worked as Macclesfield only lost by one goal in five, with Scholes scoring the opening goal.

Played for Hurst from 1929 to 1931 and then signed for Stalybridge, moving to Mossley in the summer of 1933 where he made 50 appearances and score 10 goals. After Mossley he signed for Accrington Stanley (August 1935), Ashton National (September 1935) and lastly Crompton Albion.

Died on 7 September 1987 in Oldham.


Scott Andy


1973-74, 1974-75 and 1977-78 Midfielder

NPL   League 44(4)11    Cups 18(0)9

Debut 18 August 1973 Sub Boston United (Away)

Andy joined the Silkmen straight from school and proved to be a very strong reserve team player who broke into the senior side in the 1974-75 season. Initially played as an amateur signing professional forms in February 1975.  Andy scored all six goals in the 6-0 victory over Droylsden in the Floodlight League.

On leaving Macclesfield played for Nantwich, where he gained a winners' medal in the 1976 Cheshire Senior Cup competition, but returned to Macclesfield for a second spell during the 1977-78 season.

He then moved to Australia where he featured for Western Suburbs (April-August 1978), APAI Leichhardt (March-April 1979 and Sydney Olympic (April-September 1979). Also played for Winsford United during the 1984-85 season.

Over the years, Andy has been a successful local retailer and was a director and Vice-chairman of the club until stepping down in May 2012.


Scott Rob


1974-75 to 1978-79 Defender

NPL   League 50(4)0     Cups 16(1)0

Debut 5 April 1975 Barrow (Away)

Brother of Andy, Rob captained Cheshire U18s team.  He was a keen tackler and a constructive defender, who also moved up from the reserves.


Scott Robert 'Rob'

Rob Scott

2006-07 Defender

FL   League 22(4)2    Cups 3(0)0

Debut 9 September 2006 Barnet (Home)

A £20,000 move from Sutton United to Sheffield United in the summer of 1993 (six league appearances, one goal) was the start of Rob’s Football League career.  Whilst at Sheffield he spent time on loan at Scarborough from March 1995 (eight appearances, three goals) and Northampton Town (five appearances). He then moved to Fulham for a fee of £30,000 in January 1996 (84 appearances, 17 goals), spending time on loan at Carlisle United from August 1998 (seven appearances, three goals), Rotherham for a fee of £50,000 in November 1998 (174 appearances, nine goals), before a transfer to Oldham Athletic in July 2005 (21 appearances, one goal).

Signed for Macclesfield Town at the end of August 2006.  A tall, powerful centre back, Rob was a regular in the starting line-up for his first three months with the club, but for the remainder of the 2006-07 season he was only called upon when other defenders were unavailable, but still played a useful part especially making good use of his long throw-ins. 

Rob was released in the summer of 2007 when he signed for Halifax Town (six appearances).

He was then appointed manager at Ilkeston Town in the summer of 2008, and moved to Boston United in 2009 as joint manager with Paul Hurst.  In 2011 they both moved to take up the joint managership at Grimsby Town but Rob Scott was dismissed in September 2013.

Appointed Head of Recruitment at Rotherham United in April 2019 becoming Director of Football in January 2024.

Has been Business Development manager for Cannon Hygiene and is currently BBC Radio London 'colour'/co-commentator predominantly covering London teams when they are playing in the North of England. Has also been involved in education assisting in delivery of the FA Talent ID Level 2 Course and is currently Head of ID Talent at Rotherham United.

Born: Epsom, 15 August 1973.


Scott William John 'Billy'

Scott_Billy J

1931-32 to 1932-33 Right-back

CL     League 68 Apps 1 Goals    Cups 12 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 7 November 1931 Sandbach Ramblers (Away)

Born in Glasgow in 1906 playing first for Bellshill Academy the Woodburn, Belfast Celtic, Lancaster Town and Manchester Central.

Signed by Macclesfield in October 1931 he took over the right-back position in November 1931 when Gibson retired to take up a full-time post with the Fire Brigade.  He was almost ever-present throughout his time at the Moss Rose, winning  Cheshire League Championship medals in the 1931-32 and 1932-33 seasons, in addition to a Challenge Cup winners' medal in the 1931-32 season. Was appointed Vice Captain in February 1933 when Joe McGrae left the club.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Darlington (September 1933, 73 Appearances), then Stockport County (July 1935, 11 appearances), Cardiff City (May 1936, 17 appearances), Wigan Athletic (May 1937), and Sligo (1939).

Made three appearances for the Irish League XI during the 1926-27 season presumably whilst he was with Belfast Celtic.

Note: it is reported in the Belfast Telegraph that he was on the books of Derby County, Southend and Southport before joining Sligo but it has not been possible to prove this information.


Scurr Thompson Wilson

1930-31 Outside-left

CL     League 19 Apps 6 Goals     Cups 6 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 30 August 1930 Nantwich (Home)

Started his career playing for Tudhoe United then Spennymoor United,  Ferryhill Athletic, Willington Athletic, Crook Town, Scarborough and Bishop Auckland. Signed for Chilton Colliery (November 1923),  Railway Athletic and then moved to Stockport County (March 1926, 64 appearances in all competitions, 12 goals), where he was  partnered by Billy Johnston (see separate entry). On leaving Stockport signed for Peterborough (August 1928) and then Wigan Borough (May 1929) where he was a member of the team which won the Manchester Senior Cup in the 1929-30 season.

Moved to the Moss Rose in August 1930. With a good turn of speed and a powerful shot, he appeared regularly until the beginning of February 1931.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Crook Town in August 1931.

Born: 9 October 1897. Died: 9 January 1947.




1927-28 and 1928-29 Centre-forward


CL     League 13 Apps 10 Goals   


Debut 18 February 1928 Manchester North End (Away)


Previously an amateur with Bradford, he was signed by Macclesfield at a time they had suffered a sequence of nine matches without a win.  His debut was unfortunate as four other new players were introduced for the same match which they lost 1-7 with Scurrah scoring the Macclesfield goal.

From the next match (at Eccles United) results improved with Scurrah scoring a hat-trick, after which he featured on the score sheet in four subsequent matches. On 9 April 1928, in the home match against Northwich Victoria, he sustained an injury which required surgery keeping sidelined for the remaining matches of the season.

He returned briefly in November 1928 for three matches and in his first match back scored the goal in the 1-0 home win against Winsford United



1957-58 Inside-right

CL  League 15 Apps 12 Goals   Cups 3 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 9 September 1957 Altrincham (Away)

Although not a regular in the side, when given the opportunity he made the most of it regularly appearing on the score sheet.  He scored a hat-trick in the 5-0 home win against Witton Albion in the middle of January 1958.


Seddon Benjamin Paul



1982-83 Centre-back

NPL   League 35(0)5    Cups 14(0)2

Debut 21 August 1982 Morecambe (Away)

As a teenager represented Bootle Schoolboys and on leaving school signed for Southport Reserves were he was ever present. In January 1972 he moved to Formby and made such an impression that despite his youth he was appointed captain in September 1972 going on to make a total of 54 league appearances scoring seven goals before he was spotted by Ron Yeates, manager of Tranmere Rovers for whom he signed professional forms in April 1973. 

He could not establish himself in the senior side only making one league appearance and asked for a transfer during his second season at the club which resulted in him spending two months on loan at Wigan Athletic. Roy Chapman, manager of Stafford Rangers, spotted him with Ben signing for Stafford in March 1974. In his first full season he was involved in their magnificent run of 12 matches in the FA Cup and gained a FA Trophy winners' medal in 1979. By the end of the 1979-80 season he had chalked up 334 league appearances and scored 49 goals but then moved on to Runcorn (fee £2,000). Here he help the team achieve the treble in 1980-81 winning the NPL Championship, the NPL Cup and the NPL Shield. He was a member of the team which were champions of the Alliance Premier League at the first attempt in 1981-82 but their entry into the Football League was rejected due to ground regulations.

Ben then signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1982 where he was a tower of strength in the back line and scored two goals on two occasions: firstly, in the 4-3 away win at Gainsborough Trinity early in the season and, secondly in the 3-1 win in the Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-final against Witton Albion in 1983 and went on to gain a winners' medal in the final.

For the 1983-84 season he returned to Southport playing 57 games and scoring two goals, being one of three players to make the most appearances that season. He briefly moved to Newtown before finishing his career in 1984 at South Liverpool.

In 2018, as part of the Annivesary celebrations of the formation of the Northern Premier League, a vote was held to find the top 100 NPL players in which Ben was placed in 23rd position.

Born: 5 February 1952.


Seddon Ian Wright


1978-79 Midfielder

NPL   League 4(0)0

Debut 7 October 1978 South Liverpool (Home)

Born in Prestbury, Ian commenced his career at Bolton Wanderers in 1969 as an apprentice gaining his first professional contract in June 1969 (68 league appearances, four goals). Signed for Chester in September 1973 (73 appearances, seven goals), spending time on loan at Stockport County from November 1975 (four appearances) and Chesterfield from January 1976 (two appearances).  He then signed for Cambridge United in February 1976 (37 appearances, three goals), Rochdale in July 1977 (31 appearances, three goals), and Wigan Athletic in July 1978 but only made one league appearance.

Then signed for Macclesfield Town but only spent a short time at the Moss Rose leaving in November 1978 to join Runcorn and then Stockport County, moving to Australia in 1979 to play for Newcastle KB United. He later moved to Hong Kong where he played for Bulova which would appear to be his last club.

Having retired from playing Ian coached at Bolton Wanderers Academy for a period.

Away from football Ian was a schoolboy cricketer in Bolton League and Bolton Association club cricket and more recently has worked in the buildings industry.

Ian is a published author of Ah'm Telling' Thee, a biography of Tommy Banks of Bolton Wanderers and England.

Born: 14 October 1950.


Sedgemore  Benjamin Redwood



1997-98 to 2000-01 Midfielder

FL   League 84(18)6     Cups 17(0)3

Debut 21 March 1998 Shrewsbury Town (Home)

Wanting to complete his secondary education, Ben initially refused an apprenticeship at Barry Fry’s Birmingham City, but continued to play for their Youth team and made five appearances for England Schoolboys. Eventually he accepted an apprenticeship with Birmingham where he signed his first professional contract in May 1993, although it was at Northampton Town whilst on loan that he made his Football League debut at the age of 19 in his sole appearance. Following a spell on loan at Mansfield Town (nine league appearances), Ben moved to Peterborough in January 1996 (17 appearances) and then permanently to Mansfield in September 1996 (67 appearances, six goals).

Signed for Macclesfield Town for a fee of £25,000 in March 1998. In a way, Ben made his mark almost immediately, when he was most unfortunate to be dismissed for his alleged part in the infamous Lincoln match brawl.

Despite always playing with enthusiasm, having a good turn of pace and adept at finding space, Ben found it difficult to command a regular place. However, in his final season at the club, he received his just rewards and was virtually ever present in his accustomed role as a right-sided central midfielder, and even took over in goal when Tony Bullock was dismissed at Southend.  Always adopting an attacking stance, Ben scored some important goals, including one against Bolton in the Worthington Cup victory.  Whilst at Macclesfield Ben gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 2000.

Ben signed for Lincoln City in February 2001 (108 appearances, five goals), later moving to the following clubs: Canvey Island from August 2004 (72 appearances, four goals), Cambridge United from October 2006 (four appearances, one goal), Rushden & Diamonds from November 2006 (one appearance), on loan at Havant and Waterlooville from January 2007 (23 appearances), Chelmsford City from July 2007, King’s Lynn from December 2007 (12 appearances), Boston United from February 2009 and then Stamford AFC in July 2009 as assistant manager. On leaving Stamford retired from playing football.

Ben was a member of the Management Committee of the Professional Footballers’ Association from February 1998 to August 2011. He has a Degree in Psychology and Law and a Masters in Finance, Marketing and Management.

From April 2006 to July 2008 Ben held the post of Director of Sports and Events with Corporate Games and Events UK Limited moving to Sport for Life as Games Director and Head of Events from July 2008 to July 2010. There is some overlap in other appointments as he was Managing Director with Halcyon Redwood Limited from April 2007 to October 2017 and was Director/Trustee for Living Sport from November 2012 to May 2018. Ben was appointed Chief Executive officer and Head of Commercial Development and Events, World Corporate Games in July 2010, a position he held until moving to MM Flowers, based in Cambridgeshire, as Head of Commercial in May 2018.

Born: Wolverhampton, 5 August 1975.


Seed Rev W

1880-81 to 1882-83 Forward

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


From the information available appeared fairly regularly in the 1880-81 season, a single match in the 1881-82 season and only in the opening matches of the 1882-83 season.  Perhaps his lack of appearances may be due to the fact that on occasions he acted as a referee, including the final of the Macclesfield Association Silver Medal Competition in April 1882 against the Baptists. A Curate at St George's Church he is said to have been a fine footballer confirmed in his first match for the club when he scored a hat-trick in the 6-0 home win against Cocknage. He also scored a brace against the Bolton side Eagley in January 1881. Represented Cheshire at County level.


Sefton Horace

1926-27 and 1927-28 Defender


CL     League 10 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 26 December 1926 Stalybridge Celtic (Away)


A member of the Macclesfield reserve team for whom he regularly appeared at left-half.  He was used in the senior team to deputise for players who were unavailable featuring at right-half for the majority of these appearances. His one cup match came in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup on 22 January 1927 in the 3-1 win at Hyde United.


Senior Allan Gordon

1953-54 and 1954-55 Right-half

CL    League 26 Apps 2 Goals   Cups 7 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 3 October 1953 Wellington Town (Home)

Initially signed for Halifax Town in August 1952 but only made one senior league appearance.

Having been signed by Macclesfield Town in 1953 during the 1953-54 season he shared the right-half position with Clifford Freer, although after only a couple of appearances the following season, his  place was taken by Clifford Freer or Roger Kirkpatrick.  Nevertheless, Alan was selected ahead of Freer for the Cheshire Senior Cup final in 1954 when he gained a winners' medal. Allan was described as a good tackler who played with tenacity.

Born: 29 September 1930, Dewsbury.


Senior Joel


2015-16 Defender

NC     Cups 1(0)0

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

A member of the Macclesfield Community Sports Trust Football Education & Training Academy who played in the Cheshire Senior Cup first round match. 16 year-old Joel is a defender who can also play as a midfielder. Whilst at Macclesfield he read the game well and looked to play football whenever possible.

Signed for Maine Road at the start of the 2015-16 season and was selected in the North West Counties team of the year for 2015-16. Moved to FC United of Manchester in the summer of 2017 where he went on to make 68 appearances and was awarded the Manager's Player of the Year Trophy for the 2017-18 season. Moved to Curzon Ashton in February 2019, signing for the Burnley Under 23 side in May 2019. Joined Altrincham around the end of September 2020 extending his contract for the 2021-22 season, however, moved to Carlisle United in January 2022 on an eighteen month contract. Having been released by Carlisle United in the summer of 2023 signed a one-year deal with Morecambe.



Seymour Connor


2019-20 Defender

FL     League 0(0)0     Cups 1(0)0 

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

Member of Macclesfield Town's academy who made his senior debut when senior contracted players were on strike due to late payment of wages which was his only senior appearance during the 2019-20 season.

In September 2021 Connor was added to the list of players registered with the Cheshire League who are eligible to play for phoenix club Macclesfield FC Reserves formed in 2021 and has played for Preston-based Macclesfield FC International Academy.

Signed for Chadderton in March 2022 but also registered with Macclesfield FC to play in one of the two teams entered into the Lancashire League for the 2022-23 season, these teams being based in Preston for educational prurposes. Made 14 appearances between August and November 2023 for NWCF - Premier side Irlam.


Shannon Joseph

1895-96 Outside-right

TC     League 2 Apps 1 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 28 September 1895 Oldham County (Home)


A Scotsman who played in three early season matches possible on trial.



1930-31 Outside-right


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 8 April 1931 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)


Hailing from Manchester and a speedy player, he was brought into the side for one match at a time when senior players were being rested


Sharples Harry


1931-32 Left-back

CL     League 36 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

Previously with Manchester Central,  Harry signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1931 and played for the senior side for one season when he featured in 46 of the 51 matches. He won a Cheshire League Champions medal and gained a winners' medal in  the Challenge Cup competition.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Rochdale (August 1932), then Ashton National (July 1933) and finally Manchester North End (September 1934).



1926-27 Left-back


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 28 April 1927 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)


There is no information recorded about this player but as he made just one appearance in the penultimate match of the season. In line with the common practice of using late season matches to give players a one match trial, it is most probable that he was being given a trial.


Sharratt Christopher Michael



1993-94 Midfielder

Conf   League 24(0)4     Cups 14(0)3

Debut 21 August 1993 Bath City (Away)

 Started his football career in North Wales with Bangor City and then Caernarfon before moving to Stalybridge, signing for Wigan Athletic in December 1991 where he went on to make 24 league appearances scoring three goals.

Become manager Sammy McIlroy’s first signing for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1993. 

He spent most of the 1993-94 season at the Moss Rose moving to Altrincham in March 1994 in an exchange for Gary Powell moving to Southport in November 1996 before returning to Altrincham in 1998. In 1999 signed for Bangor City following the appointment of former Altrincham manager John King as manager where he played in their European Cup ties with Finnish side FC Haka. He then moved to Rhyl for the 2000-01 season.

Born: 13 August 1970.




Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.



1919-20 Defender


CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 14 April 1920 Chester (A)


One of several players called upon towards the end of the season when the club were clearing a backlog of matches. There is no recorded information about this player.



1937-38 Left-back

CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 28 August 1937 Buxton (Home)

Having played for Congleton Town, featured in the opening two matches of the season and in the reserve side during a month's trial after which he was released.


Shaw A

1903-04 Forward


#ML     League 3 Apps 3 Goals


Debut 2 January 1904 Sale Holmfield (Away)


Described as a new player from Stoke, he scored two goals on his debut in the 2-3 defeat at Sale Holmfield, but was not selected for the next match, a second round Cheshire Senior Cup match a fortnight later. In his second match on 23 January 1904, he scored the winning goal in the 2-1 home win against Stretford and featured again a week later in the 0-4 home defeat against Denton.  This appearance was reported as his last for Macclesfield following a disappointing performance.


Shaw G

1902-03 Forward


#ML     League 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 28 March 1903 Hooley Hill (Away)


There is no information recorded about this player who featured towards the end of the 1902-03 season.


Shaw Nigel


1983-84 to 1988-89 Midfielder

NPL   League 120(7)31   Cups 49(2)8

Debut 10 September 1983 Sub Marine (Away)

Conf   League   57(3)1      Cups 22(0)3

Nigel was an apprentice at  Stoke City after which he played for Nantwich Town and Congleton Town.

Signed in the summer of 1983, he was an energetic midfield player who was voted Player of the Year for the 1985-86 season and at the end of the same season he had heroically deputised in goal for the injured Alan Zelem for several matches after the transfer deadline.  Nigel was one of four players involved in a serious car crash at the start of the 1986-87 season when he sustained a broken arm which kept him out of contention until October, but played his part in the final months of the 1986-87 triple winning season (NPL Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup) when he was ever-present. Also, Nigel only missed one match in the Silkmen’s first season in the Conference.

On leaving the Silkmen he joined Altrincham in January 1989 and then played for Runcorn, Winsford United, Altrincham, for a second time, Stalybridge Celtic, Nuneaton Borough, Leek Town and Knypersley Victoria.

An electrician by trade.

Born: 13 February 1963.

Shaw Sam

1958-59 Inside-right

CL   League 21 Apps 4 Goals      Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 17 September 1958 Runcorn (Home)

Signed from Winsford United, Sam played with lots of enthusiasm and featured regularly from September onwards, although he only managed seven consecutive appearances.


Shawcross Dave Francis


1972-73 Wing-half

NPL   League 9(2)0    Cups 5(1)0

Debut 14 August 1972 Northwich Victoria (Away)

Started as a junior at Manchester City signing his first professional contract in June 1958 (47 league appearances, two goals) playing in the First and Second Divisions. On leaving City he signed for Stockport County in June 1965 (60 appearances, 14 goals) and then Halifax Town in March 1967 (128 appearances, 21 goals). On leaving Halifax Town played for Drogheda (1970-71), Altrincham and Droylsden.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1972 retiring at the end of the 1972-73 season.

Played for England at Youth and Under 23 levels..

Born: 3 July 1941. Died: 7 November 2015.


Shearer Peter

1978-79 Defender

NPL   League 2(0)0

Debut 23 September 1978 Boston United (Away)

A member of Macclesfield's reserve team.


Sheldon F

1891-92 Goalkeeper


TC     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 14 November 1891 Northwich Victoria (Away) FA Cup Q3


Macclesfield's reserve team goalkeeper at the time, made his one senior appearance when Macclesfield fielded a weakened side for this FA Cup match which they lost 0-5, giving priority to The Combination away league match against Everton Reserves on the same day in which first choice keeper Kent appeared.


Sheldon J

1876-77  and 1883-84

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


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


Sheldon S

1882-83 and 1884-85 

Debut 21 October 1882 Goldenhill (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player.


Shenton Richard


1988-89 Midfielder

Conf   League 0(1)0     Cups 0(1)0

Debut 30 March 1989 Altrincham (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Semi-Final

Macclesfield born, both his appearances came in consecutive matches, his debut coming in the 28th minute when he replaced John Timmons. The 18-year-old played on the right side of midfield, with his debut being described as noteworthy, almost scoring a goal but his shot was cleared off the line.

Played two cricket matches for the Cheshire in the 2002 Minor Counties Championship.

Away from football held the appointment of Head Groundsman at Macclesfield Cricket, Bowls & Tennis Club from March 1990 to October 1993. Then emigrated to Australia were he became Assistant Curator for Sydney Cricket and Sports Ground Trust from October 1993 to October 2003. Since September 2003 has been the owner of Premier Greenkeeping Services in Queensland, Australia.



Shepherd George


1989-90 to 1994-95 Full-back

Conf   League 143(0)1     Cups 55(1)3

Debut 26 September 1989 Cheltenham Town (Home)

Macclesfield paid a fee of £6,000 to Hyde United for George who was a highly rated and tenacious defender.  He was one of the first YTS players at Manchester City in 1983 and later said to have been on the books of Bolton Wanderers and was a trainee at Preston North End but did not make any senior appearances for them.

A knee injury kept him out of contention for much of the 1989-90 season.  George suffered a horrific injury when a tackle left him with one of his legs broken in seven places during the fourth qualifying round of the FA Cup in October 1994 against Bishop Auckland at the Moss Rose. Subsequently, George won a civil court action against the Bishop Auckland Club. Although George made a full recovery, he never played for Macclesfield again and moved to Altrincham in August 1996 when his contract expired having made 199 appearances in all competitions for the Silkmen.

During his time at the Moss Rose George gained winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1991 and 1992 and a winners' medal in the Conference League Cup in 1994.

On leaving Altrincham George moved to Chorley and then Ashton United.

Lives in the Manchester area and runs his own property development business.

Born: 25 February 1967.


Shepherd Walter


1950-51 to 1955-56 Left-half

CL   League 206 Apps 5 Goals   Cups 49 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 19 August 1950 Buxton (Home)

Moved from Goslings when the team folded to become a member of the formidable half-back (centre-back) line with Freer and Richardson. Was an England Amateur International prior to joining Macclesfield, played against Wales (at Bangor) and Ireland (at Belfast), also represented Middlesex Wanderers against Holland (at Amsterdam and Rotterdam), and featured in the Cheshire League team. At club level he gained three Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals in 1951, 1952 and 1954, and was a member of the team which were Cheshire League champions in 1952. It is reported that he unusually played in his glasses.


Sherlock John Stanley



1933-34  Right-back

CL     League 16 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 9 December 1933 Manchester North End (Home)

Played for Hanley Y.M.C.A. before joining Port Vale in May 1929 where he only established himself in the senior side at right-half in April 1932 going on to make 48 Football League appearances and scoring three goals before losing his place in March 1933. Transferred to Colwyn Bay in July 1933.

Moved to Macclesfield, initially on trial, in December 1933 playing regularly at right-full back until early April 1934.

Born: 1 October 1908. Died 1958.


Sherlock Michael John



1978-79 to 1980-81 and 1983-84 Goalkeeper

NPL    League 98(0)0     Cups 30(0)0

Debut 16 December 1978 Worksop Town (Away)

Previously on the books of Coventry City, Liverpool and New Mills, Mike moved to Macclesfield Town from Altrincham at a time when he was a highly regarded goalkeeper in the NPL taking the gloves over from Robin Simpson, and was ever-present in the 1979-80 season. 

Moved to Mossley very early in the 1980-81 season for a fee of £500 but returned to the Moss Rose for the 1983-84 season when he only missed 10 matches, Peter Eales covering for him.  Mike was also a NPL XI representative.

After spending a short time on loan at Oswestry Town, Mike played for Witton Albion (November 1984 to October 1986, 99 appearances, keeping 26 clean sheets) and Congleton Town.

A former Universities player, away from football he was a schoolteacher.


Sheron Michael Nigel


Mike Sheron

2004-05 Forward

FL   League 14(12)3     Cups 5(2)1

Debut 7 August 2004 Sub Leyton Orient (Away)

A former England under-21 international and a vastly experienced striker, Mike started his career at Manchester City as an apprentice signing his first professional contract in July 1990 firmly establishing himself in the senior team

(100 league appearances, 14 goals). He spent time on loan at Bury from March 1991 (five appearances, one goal).  On leaving City he signed for Norwich City in August 1994 (28 appearances, two goals), and then Stoke City in November 1995 (69 appearances, 34 goals), Queens Park Rangers in July 1997 (63 appearances, 19 goals), Barnsley in January 1999 (152 appearances, 33 goals) and Blackpool (38 appearances, eight goals).

Joined Macclesfield Town two days before the start of the 2004-05 season. At the Moss Rose he was a regular member of the side in the first half of the season, usually in a three-man attack, however, with Jon Parkin in such fine form partnered by Matthew Tipton, the manager reverted to a two-man attack leaving Mike with few opportunities.

Moved to Shrewsbury Town in March 2005 (seven appearances, two goals) from there he joined Warrington Town as a player and shortly after retired from playing football becoming a member of the coaching staff at Warrington. Subsequently was the youth team manager at Bury from 2007-10, spent a year at Oldham Athletic (2010-11) as the Under 15s coach, a short time coaching at Bath University (2011) then moved to Liverpool's Academy (2011-13) where he was coach to the Under 13s. He then became Head of Academy at Rotherham United (2013-15) before his appointment at Blackburn Rovers in March 2015 initially as Lead Youth Development Coach and Under 16s manager, later Professional Development Phase Assistant Coach and in August 2019 was appointed Head Coach for the Under 18s. In 2021 stepped up a level becoming Head Coach for the U23s at Blackburn Rovers.

Born: St Helens, 11 January 1972.


Sherratt Alan


1973-74 and 1974-75 Defender

NPL   League 46(1)0     Cups 9(1)1

Debut 17 February 1974 Wigan Athletic (Away)

Prior to joining the Silkmen Alan was at Knypersley Victoria, Stoke-on-Trent. Popular with the supporters, he gained promotion to the senior side from the reserves following some excellent displays which brought him much praise.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Nantwich Town where he gained a winners' medal in the 1976 Cheshire Senior Cup competition.

Away from football, during his time at Macclesfield was a Test Technician.


Sherratt R



Debut (?) 7 April 1877 Normacot (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player but as he appeared to make only one appearance for Macclesfield it may well be that he was making a guest appearance when attached to another club.


Shirley John Henry (Jack)


1931-32 and 1932-33 Inside-left

CL     League 60 Apps 29 Goals    Cups 16 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 29 August 1931 Hyde United (Away)

Before joining the Silkmen Jack had played for Whitchurch, Stoke City (1927-28) and Wellington Town (summer 1930).

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1931, Jack was a clever and industrious player who was almost ever-present in his first season scoring two hat-tricks in his 25 goals. In the 1932-33 season he lost his place for a time to William Black, but when Black left the club Jack was re-instated. He also scored six goals in the match against the Rest of the League which the Silkmen won 8-5.

Won a Cheshire League Championship medal in seasons 1931-32 and 1932-33 as well as gaining a winners' medal in the Challenge Cup competition.

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Nelson.

Born Crewe 1902, died in 1968.


Shrives John


Debut 13 October 1883 Manchester (Away)


A member of the Macclesfield team in their pre-competitive days and later played centre-half for Goldenhill Wanderers.

Was headmaster at Macclesfield Industrial School until 1884 when he moved to Church of England Boys' School, LIverpool Road Kidsgrove where he remained until retiring due to ill-health in March 1922. Retired to West Heath, Congleton.

Born: Cheltenham. Died: August 1929, Congleton aged 69.


Shufflebotham J

1934-35 Outside-right

CL     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 24 April 1935 Altrincham (Away)

An amateur playing with Central Old School Boys who was drafted in with two other amateurs for an end of season match, when three senior players were unavailable through injury.


Shuker Christopher Alan 'Chris'

Chris Shuker

2000-01 Midfielder

FL   League 6(3)1

Debut 24 March 2001 Sub Blackpool (Home)

A trainee at Manchester City signing his first professional contract in September 1999. Spent the majority of the 2000-01 season playing for Manchester City reserves where he had made some fine performances. 

He was loaned to Macclesfield Town by Manchester City towards the end of the 2000-01 season so that he could gain first-team experience, and it was with Macclesfield that he made his senior debut and later scored his first senior goal, a fine header in the 1 – 0 win against Kidderminster Harriers.

A tricky and speedy left-winger who was not afraid to tackle, Chris went on to make five league appearances for Manchester City and then had loan spells at Walsall from February 2003 (five appearances), Rochdale from August 2003 (14 appearances, one goal) and Hartlepool United from December 2003 (also 14 appearances, one goal) before moving to Barnsley in March 2004 (100 appearances, 17 goals). He then signed for Tranmere Rovers in July 2006 (123 appearances, 14 goals),Morecambe in August 2010 (27 appearances, two goals) and  Port Vale in February 2012

(55 appearances, one goal).

Joined the coaching staff of Tranmere Rovers under manager Micky Adams in October 2014 and also made three senior appearances during the 2014-15 season. With a change of league status and manager at Tranmere, Chris was released at the end of the 2014-15 season when he retired from playing football.

Embarked on a managerial career as assistant manager at Trafford FC but was released at the beginning of October 2017.

Is currently (December 2017) a personal trainer at Body pro Fitness and is also Head Football Coach at Carmel Sixth Form College.

Born: Liverpool, 9 May 1982.


Shuttleworth Barry

Barry Shuttleworth

2001-02 Defender

FL   League 0(3)0     Cups 1(1)0

Debut 13 October 2001 Sub Bristol Rovers (Away)

Barry was a trainee at Bury where he earned his first professional contract in July 1995, but did not progress to the senior side and moved to Rotherham in August 1997 but unable to break into the senior side, signed for Blackpool  in August 1998 (19 league appearances, one goal) and then Scarborough during the summer of 2000.

Signed non-contract forms with Macclesfield Town in October 2001.  A left-sided defender who could push forward, Barry was very much a fringe player in the senior side, nevertheless, he appeared regularly for the reserves in their Avon Division Two championship season. 

After leaving Macclesfield Barry moved to Altrincham, joined Accrington Stanley in 2002 returning to Altrincham in December 2002 and after being released in October 2004  he signed for Bamber Bridge. Later played for Clitheroe (October 2007), Ramsbottom United (2009) and Padiham (2011) after which he retired from playing football.

In 2020, having qualified in sports therapy, massage and rehabilitation, set up his own business working from home.  Is also involved with Ossy Joggers running group providing training tips and rehabilitation plans as well as Lads United, a metal health and wellbeing organisation,

Born: Accrington, 9 July 1977.



Siddons Tony

1956-57 and 1957-58 Right-half

CL  League 6 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 5 September 1956 Stafford Rangers (Away)

A local lad, Tony joined the Silkmen having been an outstanding schoolboy footballer.  He was a member of the reserve side called into the senior side from time to time, and scored his one senior goal on his debut in the 4-1 victory.


Sievwright George Edgar Smollett

George Sievwright

1966-67 to 1970-71 Right-back

CL     League 76(0)2       Cups 32(0)0

NPL  League 97(1)6       Cups 61(4)5

Debut 20 August 1966 Buxton (Home)

George hailed from Dundee and was a strong tackler, yet he had a heart of gold and was a great favourite with the fans.  He commenced his football career at the junior club of Broughty Ferry Athletic from where Dundee United signed him in 1957. He moved to Oldham Athletic in June 1963 for a fee of £500 (37 league appearances, four goals) then Tranmere Rovers in June 1964, although he did not make any senior league appearances, and Rochdale in July 1965

(32 appearances, one goal).

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1966 were he was a member of the Northern Premier League championship sides in 1968-69 and 1969-70, holder of a FA Trophy winners' medal in 1970, two winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1969 and 1971 and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70. Enjoyed a benefit season in 1970-71.

On leaving Macclesfield he joined Mossley as player/manager in November 1972 and later as manager at Stalybridge.

He spent 20 years as area manager for Philips Lighting and then became a self-employed lighting distributor, at the same time being a part-time scout for Emley.

Born: 10 September 1937.


Silous Ray

1980-81 Defender

NPL   League 7(1)0     Cups 3(0)1

Debut 16 August 1980 Netherfield (Away)

Ray started his career at Bedford Town FC coming through the youth and reserve teams as an amateur before signing professional forms in August 1971 (61 appearances, 12 goals) leaving in 1974 to play for Milton Keynes City.

It would appear that Ray moved north at some stage as he was signed by Macclesfield Town from Horwich RMI. He was a tall, strong and experienced defender whose appearances all came in the early part of the season.

He also played for an FA XI, for Chorley and coached at Leigh RMI leaving them in November 1985.

(Many thanks go to David Williams for the information about Ray's early career and connections with Chorley and Leigh.)



1925-26 Right-back


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals        Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 23 September 1925 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)


An amateur from Stoke who was given a two-match trial when Burrows, the established right-back at that time, was out injured.



1955-56 Goalkeeper

CL    League 7 Apps 0 Goals        Cups 1 App 0 Goals

31 August 1955 Mossley (Home)

With the regular keeper Jack Hacking sidelined, amateur Simmons was pressed into action just after the start of the season until the beginning of October and was on the winning side for half his matches. 

On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Mossley during the 1955-56 season where he turned out for them as a defender making nine appearances, scoring two goals.



1913-14 Centre-half


LC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 6 September 1913 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)


Prior to signing for Macclesfield was a member of the Bury reserve team. Played in the first two matches of the season at a time when the club appeared to be seeking a player to fill the centre-half  position as several different players were used until Standfast was given the role in December 1913.



1950-51 Outside-right

CL    League 2 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 1 App 1 Goal

Debut 26 August 1950 Hyde United (Home)

Previously with Port Vale and Winsford United.  Made three consecutive appearances deputising for Donald Triner, but did not feature again despite scoring on his debut in the 2-0 win and again in the 2-1 victory over Congleton Town in the Challenge Cup.

This player could be Ralph Simms who played 'as a wide man' for New Mills in the 1950s.


Simms John

1932-33 Outside-left

CL    League 21 Apps 11 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 3 October 1932 Chester Reserves (Away)

Started at Whitfield Colliery before signing for Stoke City Reserves (March 1934) as an amateur and then Leek Alexandra, Port Vale (October 1926, 81 league appearances, 25 goals), Swansea Town (May 1932, four league appearances, two goals) and Winsford United (August 1932).

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1932 when he replaced Davidson and retained the position until he was injured, missing the final two months of the season. Billy Owen was signed in March 1933 to fill the outside-left position.

Signed for Northwich Victoria in June 1934 moving to Stafford Rangers in September 1934.

Born: Burslem 1903.


Simpson Frank

1922-23 Centre-half

CL     League 34 Apps 3 Goals     Cups 12 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 26 August 1922 Whitchurch (Home)


Prior to World War One Frank was on the books of Leeds United. In the War he served in the Royal Garrison Artillery and played in their team at left-half when stationed at Gosport.  He was later part of the British Expeditionary Forces overseas.

On his return to England he signed for Leeds United (November 1920) and then Crewe Alexandra (May 1921 - 10 appearances, one goal in the Football League) playing in their Third Division (North) side at centre-half.  When Perry signed for Crewe at the beginning of the 1921-22 season, Frank moved to the Reserve team.

Signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1922 Frank spent one season at the Moss Rose when he was almost ever-present.  A player of sound judgement, a great tackler, a good distributor of the ball and with good aerial ability he served the club well.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Whitchurch at the beginning of the 1923-24 season leaving them during the 1924-25 season when he signed for New Mills.  He moved to Hurst during the 1925-26 season, making eight appearances and scoring one goal between October and December 1925. Was with Ellesmere Port during the 1926-27 season.

Away from football, his occupation was a County Clerk and he was a cricket enthusiast.


Simpson Gary


2009-10 to 2011-12 Manager

Matches 111, Won 33, Drawn 47, Lost 31, %Win 29.72

Started his career as a midfielder at Stoke City where he made over 100 appearances for the reserve team.  However, the rest of his playing career came at non-league level. First at Boston United (1980-85), then Stafford Rangers (1985-86), Weymouth (1986-87), Stafford Rangers (1986-87), Boston United (1988-90), Altrincham (1989-91), Gainsborough (player/manager 1991-93), Arnold Town (1993-94) and Hyde United (1994-95). He won nine England semi-professional caps and also captained the Middlesex Wanderers touring side playing games in Indonesia, Holland and Hungary.

On retiring from playing, Simpson teamed up with Keith Alexander, who he first met when they were both players at Boston  United, acting as assistant at Ilkeston Town (1996-2000), Northwich Victoria (2000-01), Lincoln City (2002-06) and Peterborough United (2006-07). In May 2007, when Keith Alexander was appointed Director of Football at Bury, Simpson joined the club as a coach with responsibility for the reserve side and scouting.

Simpson moved to Macclesfield Town as Keith Alexander's assistant at the end of February 2008. He was appointed manager on the death of Keith Alexander in March 2010, the team completing the season in 19th position in Coca-Cola League Two. In the 2010-11 season in the renamed npower League Two the team completed the season in 15th position , their best finish since the play-off season of 2004-05. 2011-12 proved to be a difficult season (which resulted in them losing their Football League status) although Simpson guided his side to the third round of the FA Cup.  Having drawn non-league opposition in the first two rounds, Macclesfield were given a home tie against Premier League Bolton Wanderers. Macclesfield held Bolton to a 2-2 draw at the Moss Rose but lost the replay 2-0 at Bolton. With only one win in 24 league matches, including defeat by the bottom team in League Two on 17 March, Simpson was sacked from his position the following day. During his time as manager at Macclesfield, on match days he always wore yellow socks as a tribute to the late Keith Alexander and following the death of player Richard Butcher he wore shirt with squad number 21 again as a tribute. (The 21 squad number was retired by the club following Richard's death.)

On 27 February 2013 Simpson returned to Lincoln City as manager but in November 2014, having spent time on gardening leave, he was dismissed. During the 2015-16 season he was appointed assistant manager at Barrow. As Gary is no longer listed as a member of the management team at Barrow, whilst there has been no official announcement, it is assumed that he has left the employment of the club.

Born: 10 June 1959.


Simpson Gordon


1977-78 Defender

NPL   League 14(0)1    Cups 7(0)0

Debut 20 August 1977 Mossley (Away)

Gordon played for the Silkmen reserves in the 1975-76 season, but left for Ashton United. He also had a spell with Wigan Athletic before returning to the Moss Rose for second spell, making appearances in the senior side during the 1977-78 season. He later spent time at Congleton Town and  Nantwich Town (9 appearances, one goal) returning to Congleton Town before signing for Mossley in April 1984 from where he  was released in May 1985 having made 19 appearances, scoring two goals.


Simpson  J

1938-39  Inside-right

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 19 November 1938 Chester Reserves (Away)

Playing in the Liverpool League, he was unfortunate to be given a run out with Macclesfield in their heavy 0-6 defeat at Chester.

Simpson Robin Harold


1977-78, 1978-79 and 1980-81, 1981-82 Goalkeeper

NPL   League 102(0)0    Cups 17(0)0

Debut 21 December 1977 Stalybridge Celtic (Home) NW Floodlit League

A former Stockport junior and England schoolboy international, Robin progressed through the Macclesfield Town reserve side to take over as first team ‘keeper from Nigel Lownds. His ability and height, he was 6’ 3” tall, earned him respect from opposing attackers.  Having played for New Mills, he joined Macclesfield for a second spell in 1980 (Fee £100) taking the gloves from Kevin Rafferty and, other than for the first two months of the 1981-82 was first choice ‘keeper maintaining a sequence of eight consecutive clean sheets.  During his time with the Silkmen he had trials with Nottingham Forest.

He then played for Stalybridge Celtic, Congleton Town (64 appearances), returned to Stalybridge Celtic,  Witton Albion (56 appearances), Hyde United (one appearance), returned to Witton Albion (38 appearances), Leek Town (129 appearances), Chorley and Hyde United (one appearance).

Robin was an ink salesman to the newspaper trade and his grandfather played for Macclesfield in the 1920s.


Sinclair Emile Anthony

Emile Sinclair

2008-09 to 2011-12 Forward

FL   League 77(18)14     Cups 8(0)4

Debut 17 January 2009 Aldershot Town (Away)

Emile started his career at Bradford City in the youth section moving to the youth section at Nottingham Forest in 2006 signing his first professional contract in July 2007 (15 league appearances, one goal). Whilst there spent time on loan at Brentford (November 2007-January 2008, four appearances) and Mansfield Town (October-December 2008).

Moved to Macclesfield Town, initially on loan, in January 2009. Emile made a flying start when he scored on his home debut in the win against promotion contenders Brentford and played with pace and agility. His move was made permanent in the summer of 2009 and whilst most of his appearances were as a striker, from time to time he covered a wide midfield role where he made many speedy runs. He scored seven goals and completed the season as joint top-scorer. Emile continued to use his pace to good effect at the start of the 2010-11 Season but was side-lined through injury in October/November. On recovering he appeared regularly scoring five goals in the season, two which came in the 3-2 defeat at Burton in March 2011.

Taking up the centre-forward role at the beginning of the 2011-12 season following the departure of Tyrone Barnett, Emile was in fine form and scored three goals in the Carling Cup competition.

A move to Championship club Peterborough United came on transfer deadline day at the end of August 2011 for an undisclosed fee (37 appearances, 13 goals). Spent time on loan at Barnsley (November 2012-January 2013, four appearances) and Doncaster Rovers (January-May 2103, four appearances).  Signed for Crawley Town in August 2013 for a fee of £100,000 (15 appearances, two goals), spending the second half of the 2013-14 season on loan at Northampton Town, signing permanently for them in the summer of 2014 (30 appearances, three goals). Having been released by Northampton Town in January 2015 he signed for York City (24 appearances, two goals) spending time on loan at Guiseley (February-May 2016, 11 appearances, two goals) before signing for Altrincham in the summer of 2016 (four appearances, one goal). Moved to Bradford Park Avenue in September 2016 (28 appearances, three goals) and then Scarborough Athletic in the summer of 2017 but left them early in October 2017, signing for Ossett Town in November 2017 (four appearances, one goal), moving on again in January 2018 to Goole AFC. Started the 2018-19 season at Athersley Recreation moving to Liversedge in December 2018.

Emile is cousin of Micah Richards.

Born: Leeds, 29 December 1987.


Sinclair Tommy 'Topping'

1930-31 Right-half

CL     League 5 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 20 December 1930 Hyde United (Away)

Commenced his career with Southport Central in 1914 moving to Norwood Crescent (1918), then Port Vale  (1919) and Southport (1920, 391 appearances, 33 goals).

Joined Macclesfield during the 1930-31 season featuring in five matches in place of Stanley Holt.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Nelson at the start of the 1931-32 season moving to Burscough Rangers in 1933.

Born: 27 August 1897, Southport. Died: 13 March 1967, Southport.


Sindall J

1927-28 Right-half


CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 6 April 1927 Runcorn (Away)


From Shirebrook, he was a member of the reserve side in both the 1926-27 and 1927-28 seasons. After his senior debut in April 1927 he then made three consecutive senior appearances in September 1927 at a time when there was no one specific player allocated to the right-half position.



1899-1900 Outside-left


SDL     League 6 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 2 September 1899 Congleton Hornets (Away)


Only played in the first half of the 1899-1900 season, scoring his one goal in the 4-2 away win at Leek, Hallefield-Macclesfield's only victory of the the first half of the season. His last match was on 2 December 1899 at Nantwich.  (Hallefield, renamed Hallefield-Macclesfield for the 1899-1900 season, had moved to the Moss Rose in 1897 when Macclesfield FC failed financially). On leaving Macclesfield joined Brentford.


Skillen Collin


1978-79 Midfielder

NPL   League 11(0)5     Cups 2(0)1

Debut 9 October 1978 Northwich Victoria (Away)

Collin started his career at Poulton Victoria in the West Cheshire League before moving to Formby and then Cammell Laird. 

A midfielder who could also play up front, he attracted league scouts with his ability and goal scoring knack. Collin scored two goals in the 3-2 home win against Runcorn in the NPL match in November 1978.

On leaving Macclesfield played for New Mills, Stalybridge Celtic (181 appearances, 92 goals), Witton Albion (August to October 1983,

11 appearances), Hyde United for a fee of £450 (36 appearances, six goals), returned to Stalybridge Celtic, Rhyl and Ellesmere Port & Neston.


Skillen Keith


1968-69 Forward

NPL   League 0(2)0    Cups 1(0)0

Debut 21 September 1968 Runcorn (Away)

A young reserve team player whose appearances came at the end of September and the beginning of October 1968.

Subsequently played for Deer Orchard, Netherfield, Workington (1973-75, 64 league appearances, nine goals), Hartlepool United (1975-76, six appearances, one goal), and Workington completing his career in his home town of Cockermouth in the Workington Sunday League.

Born: 26 May 1948. Died: 7 August 2013.


Slack A

1876-77 and 1877-78

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


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


Slack John James

1901-02 Outside-left


#ML     League 15 Apps 4 Goals


Debut 21 December 1901 Berry's (Home)


Appeared on the scene during December 1901 filling the outside-left position for the remainder of the campaign.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Crewe Alexandra.

Outside football he was a member of Macclesfield Harriers and Gymnastic Club and from 1904 became the trainer for the Crewe Athletic Club, a position which he held for 15 years. With an interest in working men's clubs he had been a member of the I.L.P Club in Crewe and was vice-chairman of the Valley W.M.C for 30 years until he was forced to retire through illness.

Died April 1960 in Crewe aged 83.



1881-82 Goalkeeper

Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.



1924-25 Outside-left


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 26 December 1924 Stalybridge (Away)


Featured regularly for the Macclesfield reserve team at outside-left making one senior appearance when the regular outside-left, Forrest, was unavailable.


Slater Cliff

1964-65 Defender

CL   League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 14 October 1964 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

A natural footballer, conscientious and is reported to have worked hard to improve his game, but was unable to force his way into the senior side.


Sleight Geoffrey 'Geoff'


1966-67 Winger

CL   League 2(1)0

Debut 1 April 1967 New Brighton (Home)

Born in Barnsley, Geoff made a single appearance for England Under 18 schoolboys in March 1961 joining Bolton Wanderers on leaving school making his debut against Manchester City in September 1961. Having only made a handful of appearances he was advised that there was no long term future for him and was released in 1963. He signed for Cheshire League side Wigan Athletic where he made 16 league appearances scoring four goals.

He then left for Australia signing for Sydney Prague where he won representative honours and was then invited to represent the Australian National team making two appearances in the World Cup qualifiers in 1966 against North Korea and Cambodia. At this time it would appear that caps were not awarded but when Australia qualified for the 2006 World Cup the Australian Football Federation decided to award caps to everyone who had played for Australia since 1922. On a visit to Australia in April 2007 Geoff collected his cap at a ceremony, some 41 years after his appearances.

Returned to England in 1967 signing for Macclesfield Town making three end-of-season appearances.

Went onto play for Stalybridge Celtic, Buxton and Mossley in 1974 going on to make 148 appearances and scoring 10 goals in his three years at the club. In November 1976 he was appointed caretaker manager for six matches but Howard Wilkinson was appointed manager. Moved to Droylsden for the 1977-78 season but returned to Mossley in 1978 to make two appearances.

Was then appointed manager at Frickley Athletic guiding them to promotion to the Football Conference in 1980. He later was appointed manager at Goole Town. Re-united with Howard Wilkinson when he was appointed chief scout at Leeds United, a position he held from 1993 to 1996.

Born: 20 June 1943.

(Grateful thanks go to Mossley FC for the content and photograph for this profile.)



1922-23 Outside-left


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 30 March 1923 Congleton Town (Away)


A young player from Denton given a one match trial.


Smallwood Frederick 'Freddy'


1935-36 Outside-left

CL    League 42 Apps 26 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 9 Goals

Debut 31 August 1935 Buxton (Home)

A Welsh amateur who  commenced his career as a youth with Llanerch Celts before joining Wrexham as an amateur in September 1933 moving to Chester in September 1934 where he signed professional forms, however, he was unable to establish himself in the senior sides at either Wrexham or Chester.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1935.  Described as a speedy player with a powerful shot, Freddy was a prolific scorer completing the 1935-36 season as second top-scorer behind Oswald Jones with a total of 35 Goals. He netted a hat-trick in the early season 3-2 win at Crewe and scored two goals in each of nine other matches.  He also scored Macclesfield's goal in the 1-2 defeat by Runcorn in the Cheshire Senior Cup. In the 1935-36 season he was the only player who appeared in every single match.

On leaving Macclesfield Freddy moved to Southampton in the Football League Second Division playing in all but one match in the 1936-37 season. Injured in pre-season to the 1937-38 season, he lost his place and only featured in eight matches and at the end of the season refused a new contract. Notched up 48 league appearances and scored 10 goals during his time at Southampton. Signed for Reading (January 1938) in the Football League Third Division South remaining there until the start of the second World War making 43 league appearances and scoring 12 goals. Freddy retired from professional football during the war but went on to make guest appearances for Wrexham, Newcastle United, Sunderland and Hartlepool United.

It is reported that he was a superstitious player carrying a lucky rabbit's foot in the pocket of his shorts on match days.

He settled in the Sunderland area after the war where he played the trumpet in a small dance band and the cornet in a brass band

Born: 16 September 1910 Died: 1 December 1965 in Durham.


Smart Andrew James

Andrew Smart

2005-06 and 2006-07 Defender

FL   League 7(2)0     Cups 2(1)1

Debut 23 August 2005 Nottingham Forest (Away) Carling Cup Round 1

Having progressed through the ranks at Macclesfield Town, Andrew was awarded his first professional contract in the summer of 2005. He was only used occasionally in his first season at senior level usually at left-back, however, he featured once as an emergency striker, with his sole senior goal coming from a 22-yard strike in the first leg of the Northern Area Final of the Football League Trophy at Carlisle.  In his second season, Andrew did not feature at all but spent time on loan at Northwich Victoria (January-April 2007, 18 appearances, one goal).  He was released in the summer of 2007. 

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Stalybridge Celtic in July 2007 (90 league appearances, 15 goals), and then Hyde United in July 2010 (36 appearances, seven goals), Trafford FC in July 2011, Altrincham in March 2012 (seven appearances), Trafford FC for a second time in July 2012, Salford City in July 2014 (three appearances) returning yet again to Trafford FC in September 2014, Glossop North End in September 2015 (13 appearances) and Ramsbottom United in February 2016.

Born: Altrincham, 17 March 1986.



1947-48 and 1948-49 Inside-right


CL   League 2 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 29 March 1948 Stalybridge Celtic (Home)

A member of the reserve team who filled in at senior level from time to time.


Smethams John

Charles 'Charlie'

1904-05 and 1905-06 Forward

#ML     League 23 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 12 November 1904 Tonge (Home)

Born in Congleton he first played for Congleton Excelsior before signing for Macclesfield during the 1904-05 season featuring regularly in the team for the remainder of the season.  His appearances in the following season were limited, last appearing in November 1905. It is unknown where he played between November 1905 and the beginning of the 1907-08 season, but he signed for Burnley remaining there until 1910 making 60 league appearances scoring four goals. He then moved to Blackburn Rovers where he only made three senior league appearances during the 1910-11 season after which he moved to Southport Central where he made 28 appearances and scored two goals in the 1911-12 season. He then played for Congleton Town during the 1911-12 and 1912-13 seasons.

Born: 1886. Died: Q4 1938 in Macclesfield.




Debut - unknown due to missing match information


There is no information recorded for this player.



1926-27 Right-half


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 1 September 1926 Ellesmere Port (Away)


A young player from Chadderton given a one match trial in the second match of the season.



1959-60 Outside-right


CL   League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 29 August 1959 Runcorn (Away)


Made just the one senior appearance.  There is nothing recorded about this player.


Smith A

1896-97, 1899-1900 to 1900-01, 1902-03 and 1904-05 to 1905-06 Outside-right

#TC     League 5 Apps 1 Goal

NSL     League 5 Apps 1 Goal


#ML    League 12 Apps 1 Goal  


Debut 20 February 1897 Chester (Home)


A member of Macclesfield's reserve team for many years, this player was used as a reliable deputy for other players.


Smith Alby

1881-82 to 1883-84 Goalkeeper

Debut 11 February 1882 Crewe Alexandra


An able deputy to the regular goalkeeper Jim Morton in each of his three seasons with the club, often on the winning side.


Smith Alex

1953-54 to 1955-56 Left-back/right-back

CL   League 102 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 18 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 8 September 1953 Mossley (Away)

A professional footballer since the age of 17, Alex initially signed on a month’s loan in September 1953 at the age of 25.  The previous season he was playing for Weymouth and before that had been on the books of Hibernian and St Mirren. He impressed during his initial month's loan and went on to play in the majority of  matches in each of the three seasons he was at the Moss Rose. Alex usually occupied the left-back position, but in the 1953-54 season he filled in at right-back when J Alan Jones was unavailable. He gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1954.


Smith Albert D

1927-28 Forward


CL     League 5 Apps 1 Goal


Debut 27 August 1927 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)


Previously with Worksop and Stockport County, Smith only featured in early season matches scoring on his third appearance in the 1-4 defeat at Sandbach Ramblers.

Relative of G Newton (see profile).


Smith AH

1930-31 Goalkeeper

CL     League 14 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals   

Debut 17 September 1930 Manchester Central (Home)

Brother of Cecil Smith, he took over the goalkeeper's position when Harold Compston was injured. He was on the winning side for seven of his 17 appearances and lost his place when Stanley Starling was signed at the end of December 1930 who then  became the first choice 'keeper.


Smith Darnell



NC     Cups 1(0)0

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

A member of the Macclesfield Youth Team.  His one appearance came in the Cheshire Senior Cup when the youth team were fielded for the round two tie. Released at the end of the 2012-13 season.


Smith David Christopher 'Dave'

David Smith

2001-02 to 2003-04 Midfielder

FL   League 18(3)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 2 February 2002 Exeter City (Home)

David is a former Norwich City trainee and England under-21 international who was awarded his first professional contract at Carrow Road in July 1989 (18 league appearances). He then signed for Oxford United in July 1994

(198 appearances, two goals), moving to Stockport County in February 1999 (71 appearances, three goals).

Joined Macclesfield Town on loan in February 2002 as cover for the injured Kevin Keen, when he impressed in the midfield with his precise passing.  Having been released by County he moved to Eircom League side Drogheda United before eventually linking up with the Silkmen on a permanent basis in January 2001. Unfortunately, over the following 18 months, David was limited to only a few appearances as he was dogged by injury and was released in the summer of 2004, subsequently retiring as a professional footballer.

David set up his own high class chauffeur business in Liverpool taking agents, footballers and celebrities to various events.

Born: Stonehouse, 29 March 1968.


Smith Frank

1901-02 to 1904-05 Goalkeeper


#ML      League 39 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut - unknown due to missing match information 


The third goalkeeper used during the 1901-02 season, he took over from T Lloyd after a run of defeats. First choice 'keeper for the 1902-03 season but was replaced by Rowbotham from the middle of January 1903 to the end of the season.  Again first choice 'keeper for the 1903-04 season until 30 January 1904 when he refused to travel for the next match at Hooley Hill at a time when the team had failed to win a match since the third week in November 1903.  Replaced by reserve team 'keeper Frost for one match, with former 'keeper Walter Brocklehurst playing until 16 April 1904 when Smith returned. Only featured on five occasions during the 1904-05 season after Humphries had moved to Stretford pending the appointment of John Wilkinson.


Smith Frederick Augustus Ford 'Fred'


1910-11 to 1912-13, 1920-21 and 1922-23 Right-back

ML     League 42 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 12 Apps 0 Goals

LC      League 46 Apps 6 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

CL      League 27 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 17 September 1910 Chapel-en-le-Frith (Home) FA Cup 1Q

A native of Buxton he first played for Buxton Villa at inside-left and then Buxton Wednesdays as a full-back before moving to their Saturday team where he was their goalkeeper at a time when three Smith brothers were playing for Buxton. He then joined Wigan Borough before signing for Stockport County In 1906 where he remained for three seasons, making 27 Football League appearances. Moved to Derby County in May 1909 where he reverted to the full-back position making five senior Football League appearances.

Signed for Macclesfield in August 1910 when he was partnered by Frank Johnson and Percy Pickford. In his time from 1910 to 1913 Fred missed very few matches and in the 1910-11 season he played his part in the team winning the Manchester League Championship and the Cheshire Senior Cup.

In May 1913 he was recruited by Southern Football League side Southampton at the veteran stage of his career.  He initially played for their reserve team where he was appointed captain, but was promoted to the senior team at the beginning of November making 11 consecutive appearances and a further five towards the end of the season.

At the end of the 1914-15 season he was struggling to regain full fitness and decided to retire and moved back to Macclesfield to concentrate on his motor business career.

As a member of the Territorial Army, he was mobilised at the start of World War One in August 1914 with the Derbyshire Yeomanry as a motor cycle dispatch rider with the rank of Lance Corporal. He saw service in  France, Egypt, Gallipoli, Macedonia, Italy and Sardinia and was captain of the regimental team.

Demobilised at the beginning of 1919 he returned to Buxton  becoming a member of a team called Buxton Comrades of the Great War winning the Derbyshire Cup. He then spent time with Maidstone United (June 1919).

He returned to Macclesfield in August 1920 where he featured regularly at right-back, was the team's designated penalty taker and captain from January 1921 to March 1921. His season came to an abrupt end when he was unfortunate to break a leg in the semi-final of the Cheshire Senior Cup against Congleton on 19 March 1921, and it was not until 30 December 1922 that he returned to the side when it was reported that he made a surprising and welcome return.  He made three further appearances including one in the final match of the season at left-half by which time he had become the team's assistant trainer. Fred was always recognised as a reliable defender and was always cool and methodical at all times.

He ended his career at Buxton Wanderers as an amateur having obtained permission to change from the status of professional. 

In 1949 he was still involved with Macclesfield Town FC acting as a scout for the club.

During his football career he had won medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup competition, Manchester League (see above) and the Kent Senior Shield.

After he retired from playing he was the steward at the North Western Sports Club.

Born: Q2 1887. Died: 23 December 1957 in Macclesfield.


Smith Frederick Cecil

'Known as Cecil'


1930-31 Forward

CL     League 40 Apps 48 Goals     Cups 9 Apps 6 Goals

Debut 30 August 1930 Nantwich (Home)

Born in Marchwiel, Wales Cecil commenced his football career in the Principality playing for  Marchweil FC, Oswestry Town (summer 1924), Welshpool Town and Wrexham (October 1925) before moving to Wigan Borough (July 1928) where he made 38 senior league appearances scoring 23 goals and then Notts County (August 1930). 

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1930 along with his goalkeeper brother. In his sole season with the Silkmen he was top-scorer in all competitions, netting  almost half the team's goals and scored five hat-tricks along the way, and only missed two matches throughout the season.

On leaving Macclesfield he spent the 1931-32 season with Stalybridge Celtic before signing for Burnley (June 1932) where, in four years, he made 106 senior league appearances scoring 49 goals. In the 1936-37 season he played for Cardiff City before signing again for Stalybridge (May 1937) and completed his career back in Wales with Rhyl (February 1938) and then Bangor City (summer 1939).

Born: 30 October 1904. Died: 1977. 


Smith Harry Roy


2018-19 Forward

FL     League 30(9)9     Cups 4(4)1

Debut 4 August 2018 Swindon Town (Away)

His youth career took him to Brentford, Chelsea and Gillingham before dropping into the Non-League scene when he signed for Sevenoaks Town for the 2013-14 season. Next he signed for Sittingbourne in July 2014 remaining there until December 2015 but during the first half of the 2014-15 season he featured for Tunbridge Wells. On leaving Sittingbourne he moved to Folkestone Invicta where he netted 13 times in 19 league appearances gaining trials at Aberdeen, Gillingham and Millwall before signing a two year contract with Millwall in August 2016.  Made his debut on 8 November 2016 scoring twice in the EFL trophy match against Luton Town and went on to make 12 appearances, scoring six goals in all competitions. In July 2017 he signed a season-long loan with Swindon Town but although he made 19 appearances and scored three goals his loan was terminated towards the end of December 2017. Returning to Millwall he spent time away from the game in early 2018 to receive help for mental health and addiction issues and was released by them at the end of the 2017-18 season.

Signed a one year deal with Macclesfield Town in July 2018. Harry had rather a slow start to the season, getting more into his stride from November 2018 completing the season as second top-scorer with 10 goals. Three of his goals came in the two league matches against Exeter City over whom the Silkmen gained a rare season double victory. He used his physical presence well although he accumulated more cautions than any other team player including one red card.

Left Macclesfield Town in May 2019 when he signed a three-year deal (to the end of the 2021-22 season) with Northampton Town, moving for an undisclosed fee. In January 2021 moved to Scottish Premiership side Motherwell on loan to the end of the 2020-21 season. Departed from Northampton a year early in the summer of 2021 when he signed a two-year deal with Leyton Orient, going on loan to Exeter City for the 2022-23 season. On 22 October 2022 it was announced that Harry had cut short his loan spell as he had found it difficult to settle in the area. Subsequently, in early February 2023, Barnet announced that he had joined them on loan for the remainder of the 2022-23 season. Having been released by Leyton Orient in the summer of 2023 signed for EFL2 side Sutton United.

Born: 18 May 1995.


Smith J

1919-20 Centre-forward


CL     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 17 April 1920 Mossley (Away) Subsidiary Competition


There is no information recorded about this player who was signed on 16 April 1920 and was brought in at a time when the club had to fulfill two Subsidiary League fixtures on the same day.


Smith John 'Jack'


1949-50 to 1951-52 Inside-right/Manager

CL    League 38 Apps 27 Goals    Cups 11 Apps 11 Goals

Debut 28 January 1950 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

A former England Schoolboy who played at centre-forward and as a youth played for Dewsbury Moor Welfare and then Whitehall Printers. He signed professionally for Huddersfield Town in June 1932 (45 league appearances, 24 goals) moving to Newcastle United in September 1934 where he was top scorer on three occasions making 104 league appearances scoring 69 goals.  He then moved to Manchester United in September 1938 (36 league appearances scoring 14 goals) remaining with them throughout the Second World War. During the war he scored 150 goals, none of which are counted towards the official total as all matches played during the war were designated as 'friendlies'.  During the war he also found time to guest for Burnley and Blackburn Rovers. Leaving Manchester United he signed for Blackburn Rovers in March 1946 (30 appearances, 12 goals) and then  Port Vale in May 1947 (29 appearances, 10 goals), although he missed four months with a pulled stomach muscle. At the end of the 1947-48 season he refused new terms and  signed for Congleton Town.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1949. Most of his appearances for the Silkmen were made in the 1950-51 season when he was top-scorer with 33 goals, scoring two hat-tricks on the way with his goals helping the team to reach (and win) the Challenge Cup final although he unfortunately missed playing in the final.

As a player he was a member of the team who won the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1951 and became manager in October 1951 leading the side to the Cheshire League Title in the 1952-53 season.  He left the club in November 1955 and was manager at Hyde United for the 1957-58 season.

Born: 17 February 1915. Died: 21 April 1975.


Smith Jeffrey 'Jeff'


2001-02 Midfielder

FL   League 7(1)2

Debut 24 November 2001 Luton Town (Home)

Jeff was a trainee at Hartlepool United gaining his first professional contract in July 1998 (three league appearances) but moved into the non-League scene playing for Bishop Auckland and worked as a postman until Sam Allardyce signed him for Bolton Wanderers in March 2001 (two appearances).

A two month loan spell with Macclesfield Town gave Jeff a taste of   first team football when he made good use of his pace, pressed forward regularly and made some useful crosses. He scored his first senior goal whilst with the Silkmen, which came from a somewhat fortunate free-kick in the home win against Leyton Orient, and went on to show that he had an eye for goal scoring a late equaliser in the match against Halifax at the Moss Rose.

Jeff returned to Bolton, and then spent time on loan at Scunthorpe United from January 2004 (one appearance) and Rochdale in February 2004 (one appearance).  Then signed for Preston North End in March 2003 (five appearances), moving to Port Vale in July 2004 (88 appearances, five goals), Carlisle United in January 2007 for a fee of £60,000

(55 appearances, two goals), and Darlington in August 2009 (24 appearances). He then spent a season with Belgium Third Division B club, ROC. De Charleroi-Marchienne before returning to England in 2011 signing for Whitby moving to Celtic Nation in the summer of 2012 probably leaving them at the end of the 2013-14 season.  His whereabouts for the 2014-15 season are unknown but played for Bishop Auckland from 2015 to 2017 receiving the Manager's Player of the Season award for 2016-17. Moved to Willington in 2017 and then Whitley Bay in the summer of 2019 making a further move during the 2019-20 season to Tow Law Town. Remained at Tow Law Town for the 2021-22 season where he was appointed team captain but having made no appearances it may well be that he has retired from playing.

Is a qualified Personal Trainer and FA Registered Intermediary.

Born: Middlesbrough, 28 June 1980.


Smith James 'Jimmy'

1937-38 Left-back

CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals   

Debut 25 September 1937 Witton Albion (Home)

A young defender who played for Belmont School Club and St Paul's Sunday School.  He then played for Crewe Alexandra reserves for two and a half seasons, and after a short stint with Hyde United, signed for Stockport County playing their reserve teams, in the Cheshire League and Manchester League where he was captain.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1936, and was probably a member of their reserve team for the whole of the  1936-37 season continuing into the 1937-28 season as he only made three senior appearnaces for the Silkmen.

He had also represented the Stockport JOC League at the age of 14., and in the following year played in a match between Stockport Junior and Macclesfield Leagues. He gained a Cheshire Amateur Cup runners-up medal and a Crewe Cup winners medal whilst with Willaston White Star (dates unknown).


Smith Keith

1981-82 Midfielder

NPL   League 1(3)0

Debut 9 February 1982 Sub Goole Town (Away)

Discovered in local Saturday League football. His debut lasted just five minutes, with his single start coming in the 1-1 draw at King's Lynn at the end of April.


Smith Martyn Christopher

1985-86 Midfielder

NPL   League 25(1)1    Cups 8(0)0

Debut 24 August 1985 Goole Town (Away)

First played for Alsager College before joining Nantwich Town in September 1980. He moved to Leek Town in November 1981 and Port Vale in July 1984 for whom he made  13 league appearances scoring one goal.

Martyn signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1985 featuring regularly until February 1986 when he lost his place following the dismissal of manager Neil Griffiths.

He then played for Eastwood Hanley before returning to Leek Town where he later became assistant manager. In the 1989-90 season at Leek Town was their leading scorer and Players' Player of the Year.

Away from football was a media representative.

Born: 16 September 1961.


Smith Mathieu James



2011-2012 Forward

FL     League 6(2)1

Debut 17 March 2012 Dagenham & Redbridge (Away)

A former Cheltenham trainee, who also has experience of playing football in America for Arizona State University during his studies there, spent some time playing for a number of non-League clubs: New Mills from July 2007 (23 league appearances, 13 goals) spending time on loan at Littleton in 2010 (three appearances, nine goals), Droylsden from September 2010 (two appearances, two goals), Redditch from December 2010 and Solihull Moors from February 2011 (14 appearances, 12 goals) where he attracted the interest of Football League clubs.  He opted to sign for Oldham Athletic in July 2011 (62 appearances, two goals). 

Matt signed on loan for Macclesfield Town in March 2012 to the end of the season, and featured regularly until he was recalled by Oldham immediately after the Silkmen's penultimate match.  Matt's one goal came in Brian Horton's first match in charge at Rotherham, when he headed home a Matt Hamshaw corner.

Signed for Leeds United in June 2013 (33 appearances, 12 goals) and then Fulham in September 2014 (15 appearances five goals), spending time on loan at Bristol City from November 2014 to March 2015 ( 14 appearances, seven goals). He moved to Queens Park Rangers on 31 January 2017 signing a three and a half year deal (92 appearances, 21 goals) but moved to Millwall in July 2019 where he extended his contract for the 2021-22 season. However, made the move to Salford City on an 18-month deal in January 2022 with his contract extended for the 2023-24 leaving during the summer of 2024.

Matt's father, Ian, was also a professional footballer for Queen's Park and Hearts in Scotland and then Birmingham City.

Date of Birth: 7 June 1989.


Smith Michael 'Mike'

2017-18 Goalkeeper

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.


Smith Peter Lee

Peter Smith

1998-99 Forward

FL   League 12(0)3     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 26 September 1998 Reading (Home)

Peter gained International Honours for England at Schoolboy and Youth levels, and having progressed through the ranks at Crewe Alexandra he was awarded his first professional contract in July 1996 (22 league appearances).

He spent three months on loan at Macclesfield Town  from September 1998 in a bid to boost the team’s woeful strike rate, and certainly helped by scoring a great goal at Preston North End as well as bending the ball inside the post against Burnley.

Spent a further loan spell at Doncaster Rovers from February to March 2001 (one league appearance), but could not break into the Crewe senior side on a regular basis and was released by them in the summer of 2001. Signed for Telford  United in July 2001 (69 appearances, ten goals) after which he played for several Welsh teams; Newtown from July 2013, Rhyl from July 2004, a return to Newtown in July 2005 and Colwyn Bay from July 2006 retiring at the end of the 2006-07 season.

Born: 15 September 1978.


Smith Stanley James 'Stan'


1960-61 to 1962-63 Forward

CL    League 108 Apps 86 Goals   Cups 15 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 1 October 1960 Stafford Rangers (Home)

On the books as an amateur for Stockport County, Stoke City and Chesterton PSA, Stan's first professional contract came at Port Vale in May 1950 (60 league appearances, 19 goals). He then moved to Crewe Alexandra in July 1957

(28 appearances, 6 goals), and Oldham Athletic in March 1958 for a fee of £250, however, after only four appearances he left them as he did not want to remain a full-time professional. He moved to Witton Albion in 1958 where he scored 60 goals in 92 appearances.

He then joined Macclesfield Town in 1960  for a fee of £75 where he became a prolific scorer. He scored twice on his debut and, in his first season, went on to net 38 league goals including seven hat-tricks as the season's top-scorer.  Stan was also top-scorer in the following two seasons scoring 32 goals in 1961-62 and 24 goals in 1962-63. 

On leaving the Silkmen he moved to Stafford Rangers, then Runcorn and New Brighton. He was player/manager at Winsford United and managed Alsager Town. At a later date he was involved in Match Day Hospitality at Port Vale.

During his time at the Moss Rose he was employed as a planning engineer for English Electric.

Died: Stoke-on-Trent in April 2010 aged 79.


Smith William

1936-37 Defender

CL     League 42 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 11 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)


Started his career at Boldon Colliery before signing for Stockport County initially as an amateur in July 1934, turning professional in September 1935.

Signed by Macclesfield in the summer of 1936, Smith was one of only two players in the 1936-37 season who was ever-present. 

On leaving Macclesfield played for Carlisle United and then Darlington (summer 1939)

Also played in Macclesfield's 1939-40 war-time team.


Snape Alan

1952-53 to 1953-54 and 1959-60 to 1960-61 Inside-right


CL  League 18 Apps 3 Goals  


Debut 4 March 1953 Stafford Rangers (Home)


Before signing for Macclesfield Town Alan had been a member of the reserve side at Halifax Town where he had also made one senior appearance for the Shaymen.

Alan was an enthusiastic player in the Macclesfield Town reserve side and was brought in at senior level as occasional cover. His senior debut came after playing only two matches in the reserve side.

Featured in the 1952-53 and 1953-54 seasons (13 appearances, three goals) after which he played for Congleton  Town from 1954-55 to 1958-59.

Returned to Macclesfield Town for the 1959-60 and 1960-61 seasons (five appearances), his last appearance falling in December 1960.

On leaving the Silkmen for a second time he featured for Norley who were, at the time, the feeder club for Witton Albion, signing for Witton Albion in August 1961 leaving them in May 1963 having only made two appearances when he signed for Knutsford.

Died 2 August 2006 in Ormskirk.


Snookes Eric


1984-85 Defender

NPL   League 6(0)0     Cups 4(0)0

Debut 10 October 1984 Oswestry Town (Away)

Born in Birmingham, Eric joined Preston North End at the age of 15 moving through the ranks to sign his first professional contract in March 1973 (20 league appearances). He then made the move to Crewe Alexandra in July 1974 (34 appearances) after which he signed for  Southport in July 1975 (110 appearances, two goals) playing in Southport's last three seasons in the Football League. Next stop was Rochdale in July 1978 (183 appearances, one goal).  Having picked up an injury he was released by manager Jimmy Greenhoff and signed for Bolton Wanderers in July 1983 but only made six first team appearances.

He then signed for Macclesfield where he made eight consecutive appearances in place of Neil Fairclough and a further two in December 1984 and January 1985.

Moved to Barrow in September 1985, then Leyland Motors (October 1985 to summer 1988), Formby (Summer 1988 to November 1988), and one game for Morecambe in November 1989.

He then went on to be player/coach at Hesketh Bank (1992-93) and was with Football in the Community programme at Preston North End (1993-94)

Works on the railways and has appeared for Preston North End Legends in charity matches.

Born: 6 March 1955.

(Thanks go to Lawrence Bland of Morecambe FC for information covering Snookes' latter career.)


Sodje Idoro Akpoeyere Ujoma 'Akpo'


2013-14 Forward

NC     League 2(3)0

Debut 22 February 2014 Sub Woking (Away)

First played for Gold Star in Nigeria but commenced his UK career at Queens Park Rangers as a junior signing his first professional contract in October 2000, although he made no appearances for them he spent time on loan at Hayes (September-October 2000) and Stevenage Borough  from March to May 2001 (three league appearances, one goal).  On his release from QPR he signed for Margate in July 2001 (17 appearances, three goals) after which there were a succession of moves: Gravesend & Northfleet in July 2002 (seven appearances, two goals), Heybridge Swifts in December 2002 (31 appearances, seven goals), Erith & Belvedere in July 2003 (21 appearances, 18 goals), Huddersfield Town in July 2004 (seven appearances), including a spell on loan at Darlington, for whom he signed in March 2005

(43 appearances, nine goals).

He then signed for Port Vale in July 2006 (46 appearances, 14 goals), moving to Sheffield Wednesday in August 2007 (41 appearances, nine goals), and had two spells on loan at Charlton Athletic from November 2009 for whom he then signed permanently (40 appearances, six goals). Moved to Scottish club Hibernian in January 2011 (28 appearances, six goals), before signing a contract in January 2012 with Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda (10 appearances, one goal).

On returning  to the UK he signed for Preston North End in December 2012 (14 appearances, four goals) leaving them in December 2012, signing for Scunthorpe United in January 2013 (16 appearances, six goals) and Tranmere Rovers in July 2015 (nine appearances).

Spent a month on loan at Macclesfield in February/March 2014 making five appearances before returning to Tranmere Rovers who released him in April 2014 after which he retired from playing football.

Implicated in the Sodje Sports Foundation fraud (see Efe Sodje) but fled the country before judgement could be made and has refused to return. Whilst a European Warrant for his arrest has been issued it is believed that he is not living within the European Union.

Brother of Efe Sodje.

Born: 31 January 1980.


Sodje Efetobore Peter 'Efe'


1997-98 and 1998-99 Defender

FL     League 83(0)6    Cups 13(0)1

NC    League 5(1)0      Cups 3(0)0

Debut 9 August 1997 Torquay United (Home)

Born in Greenwich, Efe moved to Nigeria with his parents at the age of eight.  His career started with non-League side Invisible Leopards and later he was offered a contract with the professional side Steele Pioneers. In 1994 he returned to England when he had trials with Luton Town, Millwall and Wimbledon, but signed for Conference side Stevenage Borough in October 1994 where he won a Conference Championship medal.

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1997 for a fee of £30,000, a record at the time, with the level of the fee set by a Tribunal as the clubs could not agree a figure.

A tall, distinctive central defender, who wears a bandana, emblazoned with the words ‘against all odds’ at the request of his mother who believes it will bring him luck, he soon hit the headlines by scoring Macclesfield’s first league goal. A great turn of pace and tenacious tackling served the Silkmen well and his desire to get forward for set pieces gave him the opportunity to score goals.  Efe was always a firm favourite with the fans.  He was a member of the team who gained promotion from Nationwide League Division 3 as runners-up in 1997-98 and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1998.

Since leaving Macclesfield in the summer of 1999, he has represented Nigeria on twelve occasions and has played for Luton Town from August 1999 (nine appearances), Colchester United from March 2000 (three appearances), Crewe Alexandra from July 2000 (98 appearances, three goals), Huddersfield Town from August 2003 (67 appearances, five goals), Yeovil Town from March 2005 (25 appearances, three goals), Southend United from January 2006

(37 appearances, two goals), Gillingham from July 2007 (13 appearances) and Bury from February 2008

(198 appearances, 16 goals) where he was player/coach. With the appointment of a new manager at Bury, Efe was signed on loan at Barrow in February 2013.

Efe returned to Macclesfield in the summer of 2013 as player/assistant manager. Pre-season Efe fractured the fifth metacarpal in his hand from which he recovered in time to feature towards the end of August.  However, following a knee injury in September Efe's playing appearances were restricted to the Cheshire Senior Cup competition allowing him to concentrate on his responsibilities as assistant to manager John Askey.  Behind the scenes Efe was  involved in commercial activity helping the club out during a difficult financial time.

An official announcement in June 2016 by the club stated that Sodje had left the employment of the club. At a Tribunal Hearing completed on 8 February 2017, which had been brought by Sodje, it was recorded that he was suspended by the club on 29 October 2015 and dismissed on 14 March 2016. It concluded that he had been unfairly dismissed and awarded him compensation in that he had been wrongfully dismissed in breach of contract.

Together with his brothers Efe set up the Sodje Sports Foundation however, funds raised at events were paid into the accounts of the Sodje brothers rather than the Foundation.  A trial at the Old Bailey in London in 2017 found Efe guilty and was he sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Currently (season 2018-19) Efe is a member of the Academy staff at Morecambe.

Born: 5 October 1972.



Soley Stephen 'Steve'

Steve Soley

1998-99 Midfielder

FL   League 5(5)0

Debut 28 March 1999 Sub Burnley (Away)

Started his career at Warrington Town moving to Leek Town in August 1995. Portsmouth paid Leek Town a fee of £30,000 for Steve in July 1998 (eight league appearances) from where he was loaned to the Silkmen in March 1999 to make up a depleted squad, and played in ten of the final 11 matches of the season.

He moved to Carlisle United in the August 1999 for a fee of £30,000 (83 appearances, scoring 16 goals) having spent a short time on loan. On his release signed for Non-League Southport in September 2002 where his appearances were restricted due to injury (19 appearances, seven goals). Subsequently joined Runcorn Halton (now Runcorn Linnets) initially as a player and in January 2005 was appointed caretaker manager elevated to the full managerial role in February 2005 but resigned at the end of the 2004-05 season.

Born 22 April 1971.


Sorvel Neil

Neil Sorvel

1992-93 to 1998-99 Midfielder

Conf   League 195(11)22   Cups 78(6)15

Debut 22 August 1992 Wycombe Wanderers (Home)

FL       League   79(7)7        Cups   9(2)0

Debut 9 August 1997 Torquay United (Home)

Neil was a trainee at Crewe Alexandra where he signed his first professional contract in July 1991 making nine appearances for the Railwaymen.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in August 1992, Neil played an integral part in the centre of midfield for the Silkmen’s Conference campaigns including the 1995 and 1997 Championship winning seasons, the FA trophy victory in 1996, was voted onto the Vauxhall Conference team of the season 1996/1997. Also gained winners' medals for the Conference League Cup in 1994 and in the Staffordshire Senior Cup in the same year.

A member of the team which completed the 1997-98 season as runners-up in the Nationwide League Division 3 gaining promotion to the Nationwide League Division 2. Neil played an important part in the Silkmen’s first two seasons in the Football League, belying his quiet unassuming nature off the field with a strong performance on the field including a high work rate, tough tackling, good distribution and an eye for goal. Gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1998.

On leaving the Silkmen in June 1999 he re-joined Crewe Alexandra where he proved himself at a higher level over a six year period under the watchful eye of Dario Grady (250 appearances, 13 goals). Since leaving Crewe Neil has played for Shrewsbury from July 2005 (63 appearances, five goals), Morecambe, under Sammy McIlroy, from January 2007

(22 appearances), Droylsden from July 2008 (57 appearances, four goals), Hyde United from June 2010 (one appearance) and Northwich Victoria from January 2011 (32 appearances) retiring in July 2011.

Having retired from playing Neil was a PE teacher and has been involved with the Mid-Cheshire College Football Development programme. 

Spent time as assistant manager at Nantwich Town FC but when manager Phil Parkinson left Nantwich Town in May 2017 to take up the appointment as manager at Altrincham, he took Neil along with him to be his second in command. In the summer of 2020 Neil was appointed Head Coach of the Altrincham FC Academy, a full-time role, but continued as an assistant to the first team.In April 2021 moved to a full time contract for a period of three years. Announced in June 2023 that Neil had signed a two-year extension to his contract.

Born: 2 March 1973.


Sowden William 'Bill'


1958-59 to 1960-61 Forward

CL   League 71 Apps 43 Goals  Cups 18 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 23 August 1958 Buxton (Home)

Bill commenced his playing career as a member of the youth team at Greenwood Victoria before signing for Manchester City in April 1949 (11 league appearances and four goals) where he was one of the first players to own a car and gave supporters a lift to matches, and even gave the referee a lift on one occasion. He claimed that he was the first City player to score under floodlights. Leaving City he moved to Chesterfield in November 1954, where he was extremely successful (97 appearances, 59 goals). He then signed for Stockport County in June 1957 (15 appearances, seven goals).

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1958. During his time at Macclesfield he used his style of immaculate footwork and opportunism to good effect earning him the nickname of ‘Poacher Sowden’. Top scorer with 19 goals in the 1958-59 season, Bill scored three hat-tricks during his time at the Moss Rose, with his best performance coming in the 6-1 home friendly match against Wigan Athletic when he scored four goals. Bill played his last match for Macclesfield on 5 November 1960 moving to Altrincham where he made eight appearances during the remainder of the 1960-61 season.

On retiring he took over the family bakery business and moved to Heaton Chapel.

Born: 8 December 1930. Died 13 November 2010.


Speak Ken


1947-48 to 1950-51 and 1953-54 Outside-left

CL      League 118 Apps 16 Goals    Cups 21 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 23 August 1947 Buxton (Home)

Moved to the Moss Rose from Portsmouth. Ken appeared regularly for the Silkmen, but it was only in the 1949-50 season that he was almost ever-present.  In February 1949 he was placed on the transfer list by the directors but his popularity with the supporters saw him quickly  removed.

The home match against Wrexham in November 1949 was styled Ken Speak’s ‘day out’ as he had got married in the morning, played for the Silkmen in the afternoon before travelling to Blackpool for his honeymoon. He celebrated by scoring a goal in the Silkmen’s 3-1 victory.

His ability was recognised when he was selected for the Cheshire League side and he gained a Challenge Cup winners' medal in 1948. Signed again in January 1954 when he only featured on three occasions.


Spence Joe

1956-57 Centre-half

CL     League 39 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 10 Apps  0 Goals

Debut 18 August 1956 Buxton (Home)

Started his career at Chesterfield in 1945 signing his first professional contract in January 1948 but did not make any league appearances. On leaving Chesterfield he signed for Buxton in 1949 moving to York City in July 1950

(110 appearances) and then Burton Albion in 1954.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in August 1956 only missing six matches throughout the whole of the 1956-57 season, making 22 consecutive appearances in the second half of the season.

Son of Joe Spence who played for Manchester United and England.



1894-95, 1898-99 to 1900-01 Full-back


#TC     League 1 App 0 Goals       Cups 1 App 0 Goals

NSL     League 18 Apps 0 Goals   Cups 1 App 0 Goals

#ML    League 4 Apps  0 Goals


Debut 3 November 1894 Wrexham (Away) FA Cup Q2


Featured regularly in Hallefield-Macclesfield's North Staffordshire and District team in the 1899-1900 season but otherwise was a bit-part player.  (Hallefield, named Hallefield-Macclesfield for the 1899-1900 season, moved to the Moss Rose when Macclesfield FC failed financially in 1897)



1914-15 Outside-left


LC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals   Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 3 October 1914 Atherton (Home)


There is no information recorded about this player who was probably given a three match trail for a position which Lingard had made his own.


Spencer Harry

1927-28 Centre-half


CL     League 3 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 21 January 1928 Runcorn (Home)


Previously played for Runcorn and Sandbach Ramblers, Harry was given a three match trial during a time when the team were in a middle of a sequence of matches without a win.


Spencer Jack W

1925-26 and 1926-27 Right-back


CL     League 3 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 10 April 1926 Mossley (Home) Challenge Cup R1


A member of the Macclesfield reserve team given his first taste of senior football in the Challenge Cup when he made a favourable impression.  He played in the next league match and in two league matches in the 1926-27 season scoring a penalty in the 5-1 home victory against Whitchurch on 3 January 1927.

In the middle of January 1927 he moved to Stoke City where he became a member of their reserve side playing in the Central League.

Was also an athlete.


Spencer Scott Kernaghan


2007-08 Forward

FL   League 0(3)0

Debut 8 March 2008 Brentford (Away)

Scott’s career started at Oldham Athletic where he scored 20 goals for their Academy.  Everton are reputed to have paid £200,000 for him in June 2006 although he never made a first team appearance for them.  In the 2007-08 season he spent time on loan at Yeovil Town where he scored three goals in his three outings for their reserve side.

Joined Macclesfield Town on loan in March 2008 but only made three appearances from the substitutes’ bench.

On his release from Everton he signed for Rochdale in August 2009 (four league appearances), moving to Southend United in January 2010 (17 appearances, four goals), then  Lincoln City in January 2011 (ten appearances), Hyde United in August 2011 (102 appearances, 50 goals), spending time on loan at Halifax Town from March to May 2014 (three appearances, two goals), Stockport County in July 2014 (24 appearances, six goals). Returned to Hyde in July 2015 (six appearances, six goals) re-signing for Stockport County in the summer of 2016 (five appearances, two goals). In October 2016 he moved to Stalybridge Celtic but left them at the end of December 2016 after which Scott retired from playing football. Came out of retirement in August 2019 to link up with his brother, Grant, at Wythenshawe Town.

Represented England at Under-19 level and in the England C team.

Born: Manchester, 1 January 1989.


Spooner Wilfred


1914-15 Outside-right

LC     League 26 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 4 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 7 November 1914 Witton Albion (Home)

Commenced his career with Newcastle PSA before signing for Newcastle Town in September 1910. Moved to Leek United in February 1912 and Brighton in June 1913.

Signed for Macclesfield in August 1914 and replaced Harry Lappin in November 1914 when he left the club.  Spooner was ever-present to the end of the season.

On leaving Macclesfield played for Leek Alexandra and later played for Port Vale.


Sproson George


1934-35 Defender

CL   League 12 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut  6 October 1934 Stockport County Reserves (Away)

On the books of Nantwich, Crewe Alexandra (September 1929, four appearances) and Sandbach Ramblers before his move to Macclesfield.

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1934, he was an occasional player who filled in when other senior players were unavailable.  He gained a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal in 1935 when he played in place of the injured Jimmy Naylor.

Born: 20 November 1909, Crewe. Died: 1983




1907-08 Goalkeeper 

ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 7 September 1907 Northwich Victoria (Home)

There is no information recorded about this player whose only appearance came in the 0-3 defeat against Northwich Victoria in the first match of the season.


Sromek Frank


1980-81 Forward

NPL   League 14(4)2    Cups 4(3)0

Debut 16 August 1980 Netherfield (Away(

Played for Eastwood Hanley, Hednesford Town and Telford, where he had a good scoring record.

Signed for Macclesfield from Northwich Victoria only remaining with the club for a single season.

Later played for Leek Town from the middle of the 1980s to at least the end of the 1989-90 season.

Away from football was a civil engineer.

Died: January 2022.



1926-27 and 1927-28 Outside-left


CL     League 3 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 20 April 1927 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup R1


A young player who had made an impression in the Poynton area given the opportunity to feature in the Macclesfield senior side. His goal came in the narrow 3-4 defeat at Hurst in October 1927.


Staley Phil


1978-79 to 1980-81 Manager

Goalkeeper Phil was one of Stockport County's first ever apprentices at the age of 15 under Reg Flewin but never made it into County's first team.  He had a spell with Hyde United playing in the same team as Ricky Hatton's dad, Ray. As a player he was also on the books of Blackpool and Crewe Alexandra before playing for Non-League teams Buxton, New Mills and Nantwich Town.

He  moved into management at Non-League level with Welsh League side Bethesda where his team put 14 goals past a young Neville Southall (who was named Man of the Match) and Ashton United.

He joined Macclesfield Town in October 1978 from Chorley where he had been coach. The Board gave him the rest of the 1978-79 season to rebuild the team and transfers were fast and furious with no fewer than 51 different players making a first team appearance, however, the Silkmen completed the season in bottom position of the Northern Premier League. The 1979-80 season saw a more settled Macclesfield side which finished eighth in the league but the Northern Premier League was a much weakened unit than previous seasons with the loss of seven teams to the newly formed Alliance Premier League. After disappointing early season results, including losing 2-6 to Stourbridge in the first qualifying round of the FA Cup, Phil was dismissed in September 1980.

Is the author of the book Get those sheep off the pitch - a Life in Non-League Football in which he recalls many amusing incidents including his shortest managerial stint, less than 48 hours at Droylsden without even stepping foot in the ground.

He has been a scout for Dario Gradi at Crewe Alexandra and later became a match summariser for Signal  Cheshire before he moved to the ill-fated ITV Digital.  More recently he has been assistant manager at Nantwich Town but after only a month in the post had to resign due to ill health. Was appointed Head of Player Recruitment at Colwyn Bay in May 2015 and was also appointed assistant manager (to Ash Hoskin) at the start of the 2015-16 season but was dismissed, along with manager Hoskin, from both roles in October 2015 following a disappointing set of results. At one time also helped out with live match commentaries.

In 2018 as part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Northern Premier League (now the Evo-Stik League) a vote was held to find the top 100 NPL players in which Phil was in 99th position.

In recent years Phil was a town councillor at Nantwich.

Died: 7 September 2022.


Standfast R


1913-14 and 1914-15 Centre-half

LC     League 50 Apps 2 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 20 December 1913 Nantwich (Away)

Recruited in the middle of the 1913-14 season to fill the centre-half position which until then had been covered by four different players. Results which had been inconsistent soon started to improve and he became an important part of the team which attained promotion from the Second Division. Standfast missed the start of the 1914-15 season but from October onwards he featured regularly until the end of the season after which Macclesfield did not field a team again until the 1919-20 season..

Played for Altrincham in the War time league in 1917-18 and again for them in 1919-20 and a single game in 1921-22.


Stanford James

1912-13 Inside-left

LC     League 29 Apps 9 goals     Cups 4 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 21 September 1912 South Liverpool (Home)


First played for Eccles Borough signing for them in August 1907. In May 1910 he joined the Manchester United reserve team moving to Rochdale in December 1911.

Stanford signed for Macclesfield in September 1912 moving from Eccles Borough, He spent a single season with Macclesfield, scoring a goal in every three matches including a double strike in the 2-1 away win at Tranmere Rovers in the first round of the Cheshire Senior Cup.  Although he was recognised as a hard working player he moved to Glossop in August 1913, returning to Eccles Borough in October 1914.


Stanton Clifford


1929-30 Outside-right

CL     League 35 Apps 23 Goals     Cups 8 Apps 9 Goals

Debut 31 August 1929 Nantwich (Home) Challenge Cup R1

Played junior football with Stockport Grammar School and Greek Street Baptists (Stockport Sunday School league) before joining Altrincham in the summer of 1926 at the age of 18 where he was a prolific scorer and was picked to represent Cheshire amateurs. Then signed for Oldham Athletic in May 1927 scoring five goals in the first six matches for their reserve side.

Signed by Macclesfield in the summer of 1929 Clifford scored 32 goals in a high scoring season by the team when he was the fourth highest scorer. Had a fair turn of speed with the ability to beat an opponent on the run. Amongst his achievements were two hat-tricks, a Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medal and was selected for  the Cheshire League against the Welsh League in March 1930.

On leaving Macclesfield he returned to Oldham in May 1930 and played five matches at outside-right but was then hospitalised with a serious internal illness from which it appears he never recovered fully to play football again and was released in April 1931.

Born: 12 August 1908. Died: 7 October 1970 in Holywell.


Stanway I


1903-04 Centre-half

#ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 February 1904 Hollinwood (Home)

There is no information recorded as a Macclesfield player but he was a member of the Bollington Cross FC team in 1900-01 when they won the Macclesfield and District Charity Cup and as several players featured for both clubs it is possible that his one appearance for Macclesfield FC came when he was a member of the Bollington Cross team.


Starkie G

1904-05 Right-half


#ML     League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 18 March 1905 Sale Holmfield (Away)


A member of the Macclesfield reserve team in 1903-04 where he played at inside-left, featured for the senior side in a defensive position for two matches.


Starling Stanley Joseph


1930-31 and 1931-32 Goalkeeper

CL     League 46 Apps 0 Goals   Cups 14 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 25 December 1930 Congleton Town (Home)

Commenced his career at Chester playing at right-back.  He then moved to Burnley initially playing at right-back, but after a successful trial as a goalkeeper he moved to that position which he maintained for the remainder of his career. On leaving Burnley he signed for Stoke City and then he returned to Chester on this occasion as a professional player.

After a short time at Connah's Quay on loan, Stanley signed for Macclesfield towards the end of December 1930 taking over as the first choice 'keeper from AH Smith.  He remained 'keeper until February 1932 when Richard Williams was signed and only missed playing in two matches during his time at the Moss Rose. Featured in a single game for Altrincham during the 1933-34 season.


Steadman J


1909-10 Right-back

ML     League 7 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 4 September 1909 Northwich Victoria (Home)

Joined Macclesfield during the summer of 1909 from Fegg Hayes and went straight into the team playing in place of Percy Pickford. In the away match at Witton Albion in the middle of November 1909, the Macclesfield goalkeeper Burbidge was taken ill during the second half and had to leave the field with Steadman taking his place in goal. Pickford had re-appeared during October but missed a few matches between then and the end of December with Steadman and Johnson standing in.  Steadman's last match was on Christmas Day 1909 against Hooley Hill at the Moss Rose when he was injured.  He did not appear for the club again.



1922-23 Outside-left


CL     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 28 April 1923 Northwich Victoria (Home)


Reported as a local player, he was given a one match trial towards the end of the season.


Steele Frederick

1949-50 Outside-right

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 14 January 1950 Port Vale Reserves (Home)


A member of the reserve team Frederick made a single senior appearance when he replaced the regular outside-right Donald Triner who was, at the time, injured. Frederick also represented England Schoolboys and played whilst serving in the RAF alongside Stanley Matthews. He was a fitter at Michelin in Stoke-on-Trent.


Stephens Ben


2018-19 and 2019-20  Midfielder/Forward

FL    League 31(13)4    Cups 5(2)2

Debut 12 October 2018 Sub Tranmere Rovers (Away)

At ten-years-old Ben played for Whetstone Juniors after which he was a schoolboy in Leicester City’s Academy before moving to Oadby Town leaving them in November 2015 to join Kettering Town, later moving to Stratford Town where he made 72 appearances scoring 27 goals.  In January 2018 he had trials at Coventry City and Ipswich Town. His performances at Stratford in the 2017-18 season earned him the Players’ Player of the Year, the Manager’s Player of the Year and the Supporters’ Player of the Year awards. In addition, he participated in Jamie Vardy’s V9 Academy in early June 2018.

The 20-year old signed a two-year contract with Macclesfield Town in June 2018. Prior to the start of the 2018-19 season Ben incurred a hip injury which kept him out of contention until the middle of September when he spent time as an unused substitute before making his debut for the club in the middle of October. As an agile and speedy wing-man he then featured regularly until Boxing Day when he suffered ligament damage to an ankle in a full blooded 50/50 challenge. Ben was again out of contention having to wear a protective boot for sometime, returning to match action at the beginning of March after which he only missed one match to the end of the season. His three goals came in three consecutive matches early in November 2018.

In the 2019-20 season he moved from his role as an attacking midfielder to that of striker scoring two goals in this role but later in the season fulfilled a midfield role. Tended to be in and out of the side with 10 of his 26 appearances coming from the substitutes' bench and when he was a member of the starting line-up rarely completed a match. Released by MTFC in June 2020 but returned on 15 September 2020 signing a one-year deal leaving the club almost immediately following the implementation of a winding-up order on Macclesfield Town FC after which he signed for Kettering Town for a second time, from where he was released in the summer of 2021.

Returned to Stratford Town in the summer of 2021 but quickly moved on signing for fellow SFL Premier Central club Barwell in August 2021. In the summer of 2022 signed for King's Lynn Town managed by former Silkman Tommy Widdrington with his contract extended to the 2024-25 season.

Born: 9 August 1997.


Stephenson Alan

1938-39 Inside-left

CL     League 3 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 8 April 1939 Hurst (Home)


Son of Clem Stephenson, who played for Aston Villa, Huddersfield and England and managed Huddersfield Town, Alan spent the final month of the 1938-39 season on loan from Huddersfield Town.  He was described as an asset to the team and scored a goal in the heavy defeat at Port Vale.



1901-02 Left-back


#ML     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 7 September 1901 Northwich Victoria (Home)


There is no information recorded about this player who appeared in the first and the last matches of the 1901-02 season.


Stevenson James Tervit 'Jimmy'


1936-37 Manager/forward

CL    League 9 Apps 2 Goals    Cups 2 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

Born in New Mains, Lanarkshire. When Jimmy left school in Scotland he began work as an engineer completing his apprenticeship after signing for Second Division Third Lanark having commenced his career with Overtown Rangers and Newmains Juniors. At the age of 21 he had moved south of the Border signing for English Second Division South Shields in 1926 making 54 league appearances scoring 24 goals. Transferred to Bradford City in 1929, this move did not work out for him and he signed for Southern League Aldershot before moving to Stockport County in 1932. Here he scored 43 goals in 110 appearances in all competitions. (During his spell at Stockport Cunty he spent a few weeks at Walsall but quickly returned to County). In 1935 serious ligament problems brought his playing career to an end.

Jimmy became Macclesfield’s first ever player/manager (in preference to Harry Bruce, the previous season's captain at Macclesfield) being paid £3.10s (£3.50) per week for his work including, supervision of training, skipping, running, walking, ball control and heading practice. He remained manager for a single season turning out for the team from time to time.

He then returned to Stockport where he was reserve team trainer and remained there in various capacities for another 35 years.

Born: The Football League Players' Records 1888 to 1939 book details his date of birth as 10 November 1903 but an article in the Alderley & Wilmslow Advertiser indicates that his date of birth was 6 November 1905.

(Grateful thanks go to Stockport County for career information away from Macclesfield)


Stevenson Josiah 'Jos'

1946-47 Manager


He first played for Fence Sunday School FC and then played a few games for Macclesfield Reserve team after which he played for Bramhall where he finished his playing career. He then became a referee in the Lancashire Combination, Manchester League and Staffordshire League over a period of 15 years.

He began an association with Macclesfield FA in 1908 and was assistant secretary for two years before becoming secretary, a position he held for 26 years and was presented with a long-service medal in 1929. He was also a member of the Cheshire FA for 26 years. In addition, he was a member of the committee of Macclesfield FC, and at various times Treasurer and Secretary.  It has also been recorded that many junior clubs benefited from his advice.

 First manager appointed following WW2 and of the newly formed Macclesfield Town Football Club Limited. Evidently never sought the position and accepted only after strong persuasion by the Board of Directors. Prior to the War, a Selection Committee was responsible for the signing of players and team selection.  On his appointment Stevenson was given the choice of sole responsibility for signing players and team selection or whether he would like these responsibilities to be jointly carried out by him and the selection Committee.  He opted for the latter. This arrangement never worked as the committee consisted of a large number of members with diverse views and with the team standing next to the bottom of the Cheshire League at the end of November 1946, the Board decided to seek the appointment of a player/manager with sole responsibility for the team.  It would seem that Stevenson stepped down as manager at this time as former player Chester Twemlow (see separate profile) was appointed as coach until the new manager was appointed.



Stevenson William 'Willie'


1974-75 Midfielder/defender/Manager

NPL   League 31(1)0     Cups 9(1)0

Debut 24 August 1974 Morecambe (Home)

Born in Leith, Scotland Willie commenced his career in the youth section at Edina Hearts before moving to Dalkeith Thistle. In 1958 he was signed by Rangers where he remained until 1962 (106 appearances and one goal in all competitions) winning cup and championship medals. He then emigrated to Australia, but returned four months later Bill Shankly paying £20,000 for him when he signed for Liverpool in October 1962 (188 league appearances, 15 goals). At Liverpool he was described as an elegant left-half with an impressive range of passing ability and established himself as a member of the famous Anfield half-back line with Gordon Milne and Ron Yeats. In his first four seasons at Anfield he only missed nine league games, playing a key role in the championship wins of 1964 and 1966 and in the team which won the FA Cup in 1965 for the first time.

In December 1967 he moved to Stoke City for a fee of £30,000 (94 appearances and five goals) where he remained until the end of the 1972-73 season having also spent a short time on loan at South African side Hellenic in 1971. For the 1973-74 season he played for Tranmere Rovers (20 appearances). In 1974 he spent a short time at Limerick before moving to Canada playing for the Vancouver Whitecaps in the newly formed North American Soccer League.

On returning to England he was player/manager for part of his single season at the Moss Rose.

When he retired from playing football he became the landlord of The King’s Head in Chestergate Macclesfield and later ran a contract cleaning business, also in Macclesfield.

Born: 26 October 1939.


Stewardson David Joseph 'Dave'


1986-87 Midfielder

NPL   League 1(2)0      Cups 1(0)0

Debut 9 September 1986 Sub Matlock Town (Away)

Started his career at Bramhall moving to Droylsden, Stalybridge, Witton Albion (September 1985, one appearance) and Stalybridge Celtic for a second time 

At Macclesfield Town was a fringe player, who only made a limited number of appearances.

On leaving Macclesfield moved to Congleton Town (five appearances, one goal).

Born: 27 October 1955.


Stockton George H


1931-32 to 1934-35 Utility

CL     League 106 Apps 22 Goals     Cups 26 Apps 3 Goals

Debut 2 September 1931 Northwich Victoria (Home)

George played for Chesterton, the Leicester Regiment (twice) and West Bromwich Albion (Central League side) before joining Port Vale in the summer of 1929.  He made six league appearances and scored four goals including two against Wrexham in January 1930 but was not selected again, although he remained at Port Vale until the end of the 1930-31 season.

Signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1931, initially George played as a forward, scoring on his debut and putting five past Crewe Alexandra Reserves in the 6-3 home victory in September 1931.  In October 1931 he moved to the defensive line where he remained, other than for the occasional match when he returned to the forward line, for the rest of his time at the Moss Rose, filling more than one of these positions, although during the 1932-33 season he spent most of his time at left-back.

He won Cheshire League Championship medals in both the 1931-32 and 1932-33 campaigns and gained a winners' medal in the Challenge Cup competition in 1931-32. In addition, he represented the Cheshire League side against  the Welsh National League.

Given a free transfer to Stalybridge Celtic at the end of September 1934 much to the disappointment of the supporters.




1913-14 Right-half


LC     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 6 September 1913 Crewe Alexandra (Home)


There is no information recorded about this player who only featured in the first two matches of the season.


Storey Jim

1958-59 Full-back

CL   League 26 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 23 August 1958 Buxton (Home)

Born in Rowlans Gill, County Durham, Jim commenced his career  with Spen Black and White and then signed as an amateur for Newcastle United in 1948, later turning professional with them. He made many appearances in their Central League side before joining Exeter City in 1953 where he made nine senior league appearances. Signed for  Bournemouth & Boscombe Athletic in 1954 but could not break into the senior side, and moved to Rochdale in 1955 where he made 38 first-team appearances.  He spent the 1957-58 season at Darlington.

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1958 and appeared fairly regularly throughout the 1958-59 season although he was faced with competition for both the left and right-back positions.  Said to have been a ‘sound’ player.

On leaving Macclesfield signed for Wigan Rovers in the summer of 1959.


Stott George Rae Burns

1933-34 Outside-right

CL    League 32 Apps 9 Goals    Cups 10 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 27 September 1933 Altrincham (Home) Challenge Cup R1

Initially played for Percy Main and Chilton Colliery before signing for Monkton Athletic (January 1926) and then Barnsley (November 1926), Bedlington United, Rochdale (July 1928), Bradford City (summer 1931), and Hull City (May 1932).

Signed for Macclesfield in September 1933 he was almost ever-present from late September 1933 to the end of the season scoring a goal in every four matches, including scoring in three consecutive matches in December 1933.  His goal in Cup competitions came in his second appearance for the Silkmen in the 3-0 home win against Colwyn Bay in the FA Cup.

On leaving the Moss Rose moved to Frickley Colliery in the summer of 1934.


Stott H

1911-12 Left-half


LC        League 4 Apps 0 Goals


ML      League 1 App 0 Goals


LC       League 4 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 27 January 1912 Padiham (Away)


Signed from fellow Lancashire Combination side Hindley Central, Stott only made four consecutive appearances for the Combination team and a single appearance at the beginning of March for the Manchester League side. On leaving Macclesfield signed for Cammell Laird.


Stott H

1947-48 and 1948-49 Right-half

CL   League 14 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 27 September 1947 Winsford United (Home)

A member of Macclesfield Town's reserve side with the majority of his senior appearances coming in the 1947-48 season, and even then he did not appear regularly in the side until the closing matches when he played in the Challenge Cup Semi-final and the Challenge Cup Final and the Final replay gaining a winners' medal. Described as a reliable and steady player.


Stott Tom



NC     Cups 1(0)0

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

Initially a member of the Macclesfield Town FC Academy from 2008 graduating to the youth team in 2011. His one appearance came in the Cheshire Senior Cup when the youth team were fielded for the second round tie. Released at the end of the 2012-13 season at a time when the club could not offer him a professional contract.

Away from football was a Franchise Consultant with Countryside Grounds Maintenance Ltd from January 2014 to May 2019. Appointed Franchise Support Manager with Greensleeves Lawncare in May 2019 moving to Caremark Ltd in November 2019 as Regional Support Manager.



1893-94 Centre-half


#TC      League 4 Apps 0 Goals


There is no information recorded for this player.





There is no information recorded for this player.  He appeared in two end-of-season matches in 1884-85.


Stroh Freddie

1962-63 Forward

CL   League 10 Apps 5 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 October 1962 Sankeys (Home)

Signed from Ellesmere Port in October 1962 having previously played for Bolton Wanderers. In his relatively few appearances he scored a goal in every other league match.  On leaving Macclesfield moved to Sankeys.


Strong Gregory 'Greg'


2004-05 Defender

FL     League 4(0)0

Debut 26 December 2004 Grimsby Town (Away)

A former Wigan Athletic trainee who represented England at schoolboy and youth level signing his first professional contract in October 1992 (35 league appearances, three goals), Greg moved to Bolton Wanderers in September 1995

(12 appearances, one goal) and whilst there spent time on loan at three clubs: Blackpool from November 1997

(11 appearances, one goal), Stoke City from March 1999 (five appearances, one goal) and Motherwell from March 2000 (10 appearances).  On leaving Bolton signed a permanent deal with Motherwell  in the summer of 2000

(64 appearances, three goals) moving to Hull City in June 2002 (three appearances) spending time out on loan at three clubs: Cheltenham Town from January to March 2003 (four appearances), Scunthorpe United from April to May 2003 (seven appearances) and Bury from August 2003 (10 appearances). On leaving Hull City signed for Boston United in March 2004 (nine appearances).

It was during his time at Boston that Greg came to Macclesfield Town on loan in December 2004. He featured on the left side of a three-man central defence at a time when regular defenders were unavailable due to injury.

On his return to Boston United, he was released and signed for Livingstone in February 2005 (39 appearances, one goal), subsequently playing for Dundee from July 2006 (16 appearances, one goal), Halifax Town from March 2007 (eight appearances, one goal), Northwich Victoria in July 2007 (17 appearances) and Droylsden (14 appearances).

Greg was player/manager of League of Wales side Rhyl from 2008 to 2015 (64 appearances, 10 goals) leaving them in the summer of 2015 by mutual consent. He was then appointed Chief Scout at Plymouth Argyle leaving them in 2018.

Born: Bolton, 5 September 1975.



1909-10 Outside-right


ML     League 14 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 16 October 1909 Rusholme (Home)


Signed from Didsbury, Stubberts filled the outside-right position from October 1909 to the middle of February 1910 when Brogden took his place.  Stubberts is another player who scored on his debut.



1903-04 Outside-left


#ML     League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 16 April 1904 Oldham A (Away)


Just one appearance identified for this player for whom there is no information recorded.


Stubbs WJ

1927-28 to 1929-30 Inside-left


CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 12 November 1927 Winsford United (Away)


Signed from Kidsgrove Wellington, Stubbs was a member of the Macclesfield reserve side.  He made a single senior appearance in each of the three years he was connected with the club.


Styche Reece


2015-16 Forward

NC     League 8(7)4      Cups 1(1)0

Debut 31 October 2015 Sub Braintree Town (Away)

Started his career in the youth system at Hednesford Town in 2006 (seven league appearances, two goals) spending time on loan at Bromsgrove Rovers from September to October 2008 (three appearances, one goal). He embarked on a journey playing for several clubs:  Grantham Town in October 2008 (six appearances, two goals), Coalville in February 2009 (12 appearances, one goal), Shepshed Dynamo in July 2009 (seven appearances, one goal), Chasetown in October 2009 (13 appearances, 10 goals).

His performance at Chasetown earned him a move to Forest Green Rovers in January 2009 (107 appearances, 35 goals), unfortunately, whilst he was at Forest Green Rovers he suffered two serious injuries leaving him sidelined for many months. On recovering from his second injury he returned to action in October 2013 but was sent on loan to Wycombe Wanderers in January 2014 (14 appearances). Having been released by Forest Green Rovers signed for Kidderminster Harriers in July 2014 and whilst there spent two periods on loan at Tamworth in the 2014-15 season (20 appearances, six goals).

Signed a short term loan with Macclesfield Town in October 2015. Made just three appearances from the substitutes' bench, all of which came towards the end of each match.  His last appearance came on 14 November at Woking, although he was an unused substitute in one subsequent match, however, he was unable to establish himself in the team as there were times when he was out of contention through injury and returned to Kidderminster Harriers in January 2016 at the end of his loan.

Having been released by Kidderminster signed permanently for Macclesfield Town in January 2016 featuring in the majority of the matches to the end of the season making some lively performances. His four goals came in consecutive matches at the end of March: a hat-trick in the 3-0 win at Gateshead and the winning strike in the 2-1 home win against Grimsby Town.

Although offered a new contract with Macclesfield Town, Reece opted to signed for fellow National League side Gateshead in July 2016 (17 appearances, two goals) and was loaned out to Nuneaton Town in November 2016 (five appearances, one goal). In January 2017 Reece was recalled early from his loan when his contract with Gateshead was cancelled by mutual agreement allowing him to sign for Tamworth (27 appearances, 13 goals). Made the move to Darlington in November 2017 (31 appearances, 16 goals). Won the Marathonbet #NonLeagueChallenge for 2018 for the best goal celebration in Non-League earning his club a prize of £20,000 and a match against a legends side. Having announced that he would be leaving Darlington, a move initiated by the fan owned club, Reece moved to Alfreton Town in October 2018 for an undisclosed fee (22 appearances, 11 goals), signing for Hereford United in May 2019 leaving them by mutual consent in February 2020 after which he signed for Bromsgrove Sporting moving to Buxton in the summer of 2020. Having been released by Buxton at the end of the 2021-21 season made a return to Hednesford Town in May 2021 leaving them for fellow SFL Premier Central side Stourbridge in September 2021 remaining with them for the 2022-23 season. Signed for Matlock Town in March 2023 remaining with them for the 2023-24 season. However, moved to AFC Telford United in October 2023.

At international level has made one appearance for England C and and since 2012 has represented Gibraltar (where he is known as 'Brutus'  by the fans), including their historic first home victory in a full interational against Liechtenstein In October 2018, and scored his first goal for his country against Switzerland in a UEFA Euro qulaifier in November 2019.

Born: 3 May 1989.


Summerfield Luke


2016-17 Midfielder

NC     League 13(5)0     Cups 4(1)2

Debut 11 February 2017 Torquay United (Away)

Joined the Plymouth Argyle Centre of Excellence at the age of 10 in 1998 progressing through the ranks to sign his first professional contract in August 2005 (79 league appearances four goals).  During his time at Plymouth he spent time on loan at Bournemouth from March to May 2007 (eight appearances, three goals) and Leyton Orient from September to December 2009 (14 appearances). Had a trial at Shrewsbury Town in July 2011 but was not offered a contract and signed for Cheltenham Town in August 2011 (41 appearances, four goals). Having rejected a further contract at Cheltenham he signed for Shrewsbury Town in July 2012 (64 appearances, three goals) and on his release moved to York City in June 2014 (69 appearances, 12 goals).  He left York in the summer of 2016 having rejected a new contract signing for Grimsby Town (62 appearances, one goal).

Signed on loan by Macclesfield Town on 6 February 2017 to the end of the 2016-17 season with an option of a permanent deal should the Silkmen achieve promotion at the end of the season. Ever-present in the side during his time at the Moss Rose playing in the centre of midfield, Luke scored two spectacular goals, both from 35 yards, one of which was a free-kick, in the fourth round FA Trophy match at Dulwich Hamlet.

At the end of his loan returned to Grimsby Town. Having initially been offered terms for the 2018-19 season, at the end of June 2018 they were withdrawn for no specific reason resulting in Luke being released by Grimsby Town signing for Wrexham in July 2018 from where he was released in June 2020.  Signed for FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2020, signing various extensions upto and including the end of the 2023-24 season. Gained an FA Trophy winners medal in May 2023. Released by FC Halifax Town in the summer of 2024.

Born: 6 December 1987.

Photograph from National League web site.


Sumner George

1955-56 Inside-left

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 31 August 1955 Mossley (Home)


An amateur player who was drafted into a depleted senior side along with two other amateurs enjoying a 3-0 victory.


Sutherland Billy


1975-76 Defender

NPL  League 4(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 16 August 1975 Gateshead (Home)

A Scotsman by birth, spent five years with Rangers from the age of 16 although he never made a senior appearance. Moved to Wigan Athletic in their Non-League days playing for them from 1968 to 1975 making 228 appearances, scoring 14 goals at the same timehe worked at the Heinz factory.  Suffered a serious knee injury which prevented him from continuing to play for Wigan.  Signed for Macclesfield Town appearing in the first five matches after which he moved to Altrincham but found he could not continue playing and retired at the age of 30..


Sutherland Christopher Paul 'Chris'


2015-16 and 2016-17 Midfielder

NC     League 2(7)0     Cups 2(1)0

Debut 23 January 2016 sub Aldershot Town (Home)

Commenced his career in the youth section of Oldham Athletic signing his first professional contract in July 2012

(10 league appearances) spending time on loan at Barrow from August to September 2013). Having been released by Oldham  spent time at  Birmingham City before signing for Ashton United in January 2015 but was released by them in November 2015.

Signed a short-term contract with Macclesfield Town  in December 2015. With the experienced Chris Holroyd holding down the right wing position, it was almost impossible for Sutherland to break into the team but on the occasions he replaced Holroyd he showed pace and determination.

During the 2016-17 season Chris faced strong competition for the wing positions and was unable to force his way into the team resulting in him spending time on loan from January 2017.

Out of contract at Macclesfield, Chris signed permanently for Hyde United in the summer of 2017. Made just one appearance for Hyde United in the 2018-19 season but having been out of the game for some time through injury linked up again with Hyde United in December 2019.

Born: 4 August 1995.



1882-83 Goalkeeper

Debut 14 October 1882 St George's Birmingham (Away)


There is no information recorded for this player.



1890-91 Forward


#TC     League 6 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 22 November 1890 Chester (Home)


An occasional player during Macclesfield's first season as members of a competitive league.  He scored a hat-trick in the 7-0 home win against Wrexham in the last league match of the season.

Was a Hurdsfield Rovers player hence only appearing for Macclesfield on an occasional basis.



1922-23 Forward


CL     League 1 App


Debut 5 May 1923 Tranmere Rovers Reserves (Away)


Possibly a member of the Macclesfield Reserve side who was brought into the senior side for the final match of the season.



1955-56 Goalkeeper


CL    League 2 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 21 September 1955 Northwich Victoria (Home)

An amateur goalkeeper from Ball Haye Green (Leek) who was one of three 'keepers used at the beginning of the season when Jack Hacking was unavailable.


Sutton Brian

1958-59 Goalkeeper

CL    League 13 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 23 August 1958 Buxton (Home)

Born in Rochdale, initially played for Norden YC before joining Rochdale in October 1952 (13 league appearances) where he spent three seasons and after his National service played for Darwen and Rossendale.

Joined Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1958. At 6’ 1” tall, weighing almost 15 stone he was nevertheless an agile ‘keeper. Brian broke his hand during his third appearance in the match at Chester and was out of contention until the middle of October.  On his return he played regularly, but in the second half of the season he only appeared occasionally when he faced competition from other goalkeepers.


Sutton J

1903-04 to 1904-05 Right-half


#ML     League 36 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 3 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 12 September 1903 Tonge (Away)


Signed for the 1903-04 season, Sutton was the first choice right-half  throughout his first season and until the middle of January 1905 when he may well have left the club.


Sutton Stuart


1992-93 and 1993-94 Goalkeeper

Conf  League 2(0)0

Debut 9 December 1992 Boston United (Away)

Stuart signed from Stoke City as goalkeeping cover. He played in the 3-1 defeat at Boston and was the ‘keeper in Sammy McIlroy’s first match in charge at Bath City in August 1993 which the Silkmen lost 5-1.


Swailes Daniel 'Danny'

Danny Swailes

2004-05 to 2006-07 Defender

FL   League 94(0)5     Cups 17 (1)0

Debut 15 January 2005 Kidderminster Harriers (Home)

Prior to joining Macclesfield Town Danny had only played for Bury. Initially a trainee he signed his first professional contract in July 1997 going on to make 164 league appearances, scoring 13 goals).

His move in January 2005 for a club record fee of £40,000 enabled him to link up with Dave Morley strengthening the central defence which resulted in a run of eight consecutive matches without defeat.  In his time at the Moss Rose, Danny missed very few matches and was equally at home in a back four line or in a three-man central defence. He is a tall, powerful and reliable player who put his skills to good use in both defence and attack.  In the absence of skipper Dave Morley he took over the captain’s arm band.

Danny was another player who decided to accept the offer of a place in the MK Dons squad, moving there in August 2007 (43 appearances, four goals). After loan spells at Northampton Town from November 2009 (three appearances) and Stockport County, he signed permanently for County in the summer of 2010 (33 appearances)  and was released at the end of the 2010-11 season after which it would appear that he retired from playing  professional football.

Bolton born Danny has since played for local clubs; firstly Eagley FC as player/coach moving to play for CMB FC in 2016 and in October 2017 joined Daisy Hill as player/coach.

Born: Bolton, 1 April 1979.


Swain(e) Walter Howard


1919-20 and 1920-21 Inside-right

CL     League 25 Apps 11 Goals     Cups 14 Apps 8 Goals

Debut 20 December 1919 Chester (Home)

From the age of 15 played for junior clubs in Birmingham signing for Bournbrook in the Birmingham Combination at the start of the 1912-13 season. However, he only remained there for three months moving to Wolverhampton Wanderers although there is no record of him making any senior appearances for the club. He signed for Darlaston FC in the Birmingham and District League for the 1914-15 season and remained there until hostilities meant that league football halted.

In World War One he enlisted with the RAF but after a short period of service was discharged. He then only played in a few charity matches.

He moved to Manchester and had a month's trial with Manchester United after which he signed for Macclesfield in December 1919. Throughout the one and half seasons he spent at Macclesfield he had a good goal scoring record and was known for his solo runs, but he  did not establish himself in the team during the 1920-21 season having to share the inside-right position with Percy Adams and James Morris. His most notable goal was the winning strike in extra time in  the final of the Altrincham Cup on 1 May 1920.  He also held a junior international (reserve) medal for a Birmingham v Scotland match and a Wednesbury Cup winners' medal.

He left Macclesfield at the end of the 1920-21 season and played for Whitchurch in the 1924-25 season.

Note: It is believed that the correct spelling of his surname is Swain, however he is often referred to as Swaine in match reports.


Swann Samuel 'Sammy'



1934-35 Right-half

CL     League 30 Apps 3 Goals    Cups 6 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 25 August 1934 Buxton (Home)

Before signing for Macclesfield had played for Runcorn, Bangor City and Rhyl. A robust defender, Sammy started and ended the season as the first choice for the right-half position. However, in the middle of the season following  a loss of form, he had to compete with Jesse Thornley and George Stockton. He was reinstated in the middle of February in time to help the side win the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1935 and gain himself a winners' medal. On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Ashton National.


Swede Jeff

1978-79 Forward

NPL   League 2(0)0

Debut 18 November 1978 Runcorn (Home)

Jeff signed from Southport where he had made three appearances, his previous clubs having included Skelmersdale and Northwich Victoria. At Northwich he was a member of the team who defeated Peterborough United 4-0 in the second round of the FA Cup in December 1976, scoring the Vics third goal.


Swift Fred

1933-34 Inside-left

CL      League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 27 January 1934 Chester Reserves (Home)

Started at Grimethorpe before moving to Bury where he played for their Central League side, but his playing time was cut short due to a splintered bone in the ankle.

Having recovered he signed for Macclesfield but only made a single senior appearance when he deputised for Jack Roscoe.

Was also a cricketer.

Cousin of Webster Swift.


Swift Joel



NC     Cups 1(0)0

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

A member of the Macclesfield Youth Team.  His one appearance came in the Cheshire Senior Cup when the youth team were fielded for the second round tie. Released at the end of the 2012-13 season.

Joel signed for Altrincham in the summer of 2014 making a handful of appearances for the senior side, but became one of the longest serving members of the reserve team continuing to play until the end of the 2018-19 season. He was appointed reserve team manager for Altrincham in August 2019 and was also a registered player for West Didsbury & Chorlton from December 2019. Remained with West Didsbury & Chorlton for the 2021-22 and 2022-23 seasons.

Born: 5 September 1994.


Swift Webster


1932-33 and 1933-34 Centre-half

CL    League 50 Apps 8 Goals     Cups 8 Apps 0 Goals

Debut 8 October 1932 Crewe Alexandra Reserves (Home)

A native of Barnsley, he started his career at Wombwell before signing for Halifax Town in May 1927 remaining there for the 1927-28 season. Thought to have been with Macclesfield during the 1928-29 season but did not appear for the senior side, nor has any mention of him playing for the reserves been found. Next with Crewe Alexandra Reserves (July 1929), a return to Wombwell (August 1930) and Stockport County (May 1931).

Signed for Macclesfield in October 1932 he was described as one of the team's most competent players featuring regularly from his debut through to the end of December 1934 when he was injured. He returned at the end of January but was injured again and only made one further appearance, but by then Harry Bruce had been signed and had become the first-choice centre-back.  Nevertheless, Webster served the side well and gained a Cheshire League Champions medal for the 1932-33 season.

On leaving the Moss Rose he moved to Hyde in summer 1934, then Frickley Colliery (summer 1935) and Denaby United (August 1936).

Also played cricket for Macclesfield.

He  was a school teacher and held a BA degree. In 1933 he was apppointed Assistant Headmaster at Athey Street (Macclesfield) Council school.



1913-14 and 1922-23 Right-half

LC     League 1 App 0 Goals


CL     League 2 Apps 0 Goals


Debut 22 November 1913 Rossendale United (Away)


Played for New Mills during the 1908-09 season and was brought in at Macclesfield to deputise for Wilcocks, who was unavailable because of a sprained knee, for one match in the Lancashire Combination team. In the 1922-23 he was a member of the Macclesfield reserve team and again found himself in a deputising role in the league match against Crewe Alexandra Reserves in September 1922, on this occasion for Fred Joynt who had been injured in the previous match and also featured in the final match of the season.


Swindells Herbert

1906-07 and 1907-08 Goalkeeper


ML     League 10 Apps 0 Goals      Cups 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 30 March 1907 Pendlebury (Away)


Acted as goalkeeper for the Macclesfield reserve team over two seasons. His appearances at senior level came when he deputised for John Wilkinson when Wilkinson was unable to play due to business commitments.

Appears to have signed for Heywood United at the beginning of the 1907-08 season but had returned to Macclesfield by the middle of October 1907.


Swindells Herbert 'Bert'


1946-47 and 1947-48 Forward/Manager

CL  League 29 Apps 11 Goals    Cups 4 Apps 4 Goals

Debut 4 September 1946 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup Round 1

Initially played for Buxton Road Congs (Stockport) and Witton Albion and then commenced his professional career at Crewe Alexandra in the summer of 1927 where he was twice top scorer. Whilst at Crewe he scored 126 League goals which at that time was a club record and gained a winners' medal in the Welsh Cup in May 1937, the club's final appearance in this competition as they were then banned for not being Welsh! He then moved to Chesterfield Reserves (June 1937), Barrow (November 1937)  Bradford City (July 1938), Hyde United and Hurst (summer 1939). Made a couple of appearances with Mossley before signing for Macclesfield Town.

Signed in the summer of 1946 where he was joint top-scorer in the 1946-47 season alongside Billy Lomax and Harry Ryan. 

He was the club’s reserve team manager before taking over as manager in May 1949. Bert led the side to the Cheshire Senior Cup final in 1950 (losing to Northwich Victoria) and the Cheshire League Cup Final in 1951 (losing to Altrincham) but they went one better winning the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1951 when they beat Northwich Victoria 3-2.  He resigned as manager in October 1951. He also had a second spell as manager from November 1955 to the end of the 1957-58 season.

Has a street in Crewe, Herbert Swindells Close, named after him which is not far from Gresty Road.

Born: 13 August 1909. Died 2001.



1938-39 Right-back

CL    League 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 11 February 1939 Hurst (Away)


An amateur player at Huddersfield brought to Macclesfield by vice-captain Norman Christie.  Sykes was unfortunate in his one and only match for the Silkmen as he sustained a fractured shin bone after only 25 minutes of the first half.


Symes Michael

Michael Symes

2005-06 and 2007-08 Forward

FL  League 10(4)1

Debut 12 January 2008 Peterborough United (Away)

The 6’3” tall striker is a former Everton trainee who signed his first professional contract in February 2002 although he never made a first team appearance for them. After a short loan spell at Crewe Alexandra from March 2003 (four league appearances, one goal), Michael signed for Bradford City in August 2004 (15 appearances, one goal) spending time on loan at Stockport County from January to May 2006 (one appearance). Signed for Shrewsbury in August 2006

(62 appearances, 14 goals)

After struggling to claim a regular spot at the New Meadow he signed for Macclesfield Town on loan in January 2008 until the end of the 2007-08 season. He featured regularly in his first two months scoring just one goal, a brilliant 35-yard volley in the draw at MK Dons, but in the final matches of the season he was only used as a substitute. (It was Michael’s second spell at the Moss Rose, his first cut short by injury before he had a chance to make an appearance.)

He returned to Shrewsbury at the end of the 2007-08 season spending time on loan at AFC Bournemouth from November to December 2008 (five appearances). Signed for Accrington Stanley in March 2009 (48 appearances, 14 goals) returning to AFC Bournemouth in July 2010 (37 appearances, 11 goals) spending time on loan at Rochdale from January to May 2012 (15 appearances, four goals). Michael signed for Leyton Orient in June 2012 (13 appearances, one goal) and whilst there spent time on loan at Burton Albion (January to May 2013) signing for them permanently in July 2013 (28 appearances, six goals). Released by Burton Albion in July 2014 he was them without a club until he signed for Southport in April 2015 but left them at the end of the 2014-15 season.

Born: Great Yarmouth, 31 October 1983.


Szabo Tibor


1979-80 and 1980-81 Forward

NPL   League 41(1)16    Cups 13(1)6

Debut 18 August 1979 Gateshead (Away)

Yorkshire born of Hungarian parents, Tibor started his career as an apprentice at Bradford City where he signed his first professional contract in October 1977 going on to make 13 appearances and scoring one goal.

Signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1979 he was a skilful ball player who was particularly good in the air. Scoring almost a goal every two matches, Tibor notched up a hat-trick in the 7-1 away win at New Brighton in the FA Cup Preliminary Round, and scored two goals in each of the winning NPL matches against Runcorn, Witton Albion and Worksop Town.

On leaving Macclesfield he signed for Mossley (three times), Gainsborough Trinity, Goole Town, Morecambe, Buxton where he was their Player of the Year in 1987-88, Accrington Stanley, Atherton Laburnum Rovers, Harrogate Railway Athletic, Ossett Albion, Ossett Town, Liversedge, Eccleshill United and lastly as a player at East Bowling Unity.

Having retired from playing he acted as coach at Bolton Wanderers, Burnley, Leeds United, Bradford City and Halifax Town's academies and centres of excellence and in the USA. Also, when Mark Brier formed Soccer Elite in 2000 he also formed the Vision Coaching Academy with Tibor.

Born: 28 October 1959.



The Combination



Stockport and District League



North Staffordshire and District League



Manchester and District League



Lancashire Combination



Cheshire League



Northern Premier League



Vauxhall Conference



Football League



National Conference

     Blue Square Premier 

     Skrill Premier 

     Vanarama Conference 

     Vanarama National League 







English Football League

    Sky Bet League 2 



From 1965 Statistics are shown - Appearances(Substitutes)Goals



#Known appearances and goals.    Due to the style of reporting there is no information for teams/goal scorers for some matches and in other cases it has only been possible to extract part teams from match reports. In addition, some matches over the Christmas and Easter holiday periods, together with end of season matches, have not been reported.


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