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August 2018

 

*The 2018-19 season Roll of Honour has been added at the end of Football League General Information within the Achievements Section. As the season progresses achievements and milestones will be added.

* Profiles have been included for those recently signed players who have made a senior appearance with photographs to be added at a later date. (Players who do not make an appearance are not included as a matter of consistency because over the total history of the club much of this information is not available, however, in more recent years the names of those players signed by the club who do not make a senior appearance have been recorded at the end of the Annual Review)

* Profiles for players who are no longer on the books of Macclesfield Town who have moved clubs during the summer of 2018 have been updated where information is available. Many thanks go to Mark Bettany for his excellent support in ascertaining this information which he has recorded in an article on the web site https:/starlaneend.com

 

June 2018

 

'The 10 Macclesfield Players in the NPL Top 100' has been added to the Articles section. As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations of the formation of the Northern Premier League a vote was held to identify the top 100 NPL players.  This article provides information about the 10 Macclesfield players who are included in the Top 100.

 

Chapter 6 of the Ebook 'Back to the Non-League Scene' can now be downloaded from menu item 'Non-League Scene' which follows the Silkmen through the 2017-18 season culminating in them becoming Champions of the Vanarama National League and gaining promotion to the English Football League.

 

May  2018

 The web site has now been updated for the 2017-18 season.

 

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), and Michael Chatwin (Nantwich) 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.

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