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September/October 2020

*Chapter 17 of The League Story has been added to Further Chapters covering the 2019-20 season which saw the Silkmen operate under continuing difficult financial circumstances, together with disciplinary actions taken by the English Football League and deduction of points which saw the team relegated to the National League. Following the publication of Chapter 17, in the High Court the judge implemented a Winding-up Order placing the affairs of the club in the hands of the Official Receiver and, as a result, the club ceased to exist and was also expelled from the National League.

Only days later, a local businessman, Rob Smethurst,  purchased the assets of the club with a view to forming a phoenix club.

*The Profiles for former Macclesfield Town players continue to be updated on a regular basis to record their current club/occupation where known, with career paths enhanced when further information comes to light and despite the demise of the club will continue to be updated for the time being.  Thanks go to Mark Bettany for his ongoing research and provision of updated information.

*New Photo added of the 1890-91 Cheshire Senior Cup Team.

*Just a reminder that if you are accessing a page which you have accessed previously it may be necessary to refresh the page in the browser as the server seems to retain the version of the page last accessed

 

 Acknowledgments

 My sincere thanks go to everyone who has assisted me in any way to enhance this web site:

1.  Graham Phythian, author of the Saga of the Silkmen (first published in 2001), has undertaken hours and hours of work making   enquiries of libraries and visiting Liverpool and Newcastle libraries in person. Graham has also answered enquiries from his research notes. 

2. Gregor Lindberg (Accrington Stanley), Phil Chadwick (Witton Albion), Michael Chatwin (Nantwich) and Jeremy Sayle (Ashton United) have provided much valued additional information and photographs.

3.  Mark Bettany, and Matt Davies (supporters) and local historian James Hough have provided detailed information. Also, family members of players  have been a useful source of information. Charbel Boujaoude (author of books on Manchester United and Newton Heath) has also been most helpful providing additional information and photographs for players who appeared in the club's earlier days.

4.  Martin O'Connor has kindly provided a significant amount of information for players who featured before World War 2 which has greatly enhanced many Player Profiles.

5.  Kenneth Westerberg of Queens Park Rangers FC has provided additional information relating to first names and career paths for several players following research undertaken at his own behest.

6.  Steve Wilson, a Macclesfield supporter of many years, has spent a considerable amount of time undertaking research.  The results of his work have enhanced many Player Profiles including the addition of photographs.

7.  A very special word of thanks goes to all the staff manning the reference desk at Macclesfield library who, without exception, were most helpful. Personal visits have been made to Buxton, Congleton, Manchester Central, Newcastle-under-Lyme, Northwich and Stockport libraries.

8. The following libraries have kindly answered queries by e-mail - Accrington, Altrincham, Ashton, Barrow, Bolton, Burnley, Chorley, Crewe, Darwen, Fleetwood, Goole, Great Harwood, Halton, Heywood, King's Lynn, Lancaster, Nelson, Ramsbottom, Rawtenstall, South Elmsall, Southport, St Helens, Stockport, and Wallasey.

9.  Personal visits have been made to Chester, Hanley and Tameside Archives, where, again, the staff  were most helpful. E-mail enquiries have also been answered by Caernarfon and Tameside Archives.

10.  Information has also been supplied by - Bangor City unofficial web site, Mossley FC, The New Saints FC, South Liverpool FC and Tranmere Rovers FC.

11.  Archive articles in opposition team programmes have also proved a valuable source of information, including those written by the national football historian Leigh Edwards.

12. Career path details provided on the official site of Macclesfield Football Club by Tom Rance have also been included in the Player Profiles or have provided a good basis for further research.

13.  The names of everyone who have provided photographs for the Photo Archive section are listed in the introduction to that section.

14. The majority of the Match Information for the Northern Premier League and the Vauxhall Conference is based on work which Chris Pugsley, former kit-man, programme editor and worker for the club over many years, had undertaken. The Player Profiles for these two leagues are based on the significant amount of research which Chris had carried out.  In addition, the layout of the individual Player Profiles is based in part on an idea he formulated some years ago.  The information Chris had gathered provided an excellent base on which to start this archive web site.

15.  And lastly and by no means least, Mike Scott for his technical expertise and ongoing support without which there would be no web site.

 

 If anyone has any additional information and/or photographs it will be most appreciated if they will advise me using the following e-mail address - contact@silkmenarchives.org.uk