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Yates Adam


2017-18 Defender

NC     League 7(0)0

Debut 5 August 2017 Wrexham (Away)

With Crewe Alexandra Academy for ten years from 1992, turning professional with the club in 2002 although, in the end, he never made an appearance for them. Spent five months on loan at Halifax Town in the 2003-04 season and having been released by Crewe signed for non-league side Leek Town in the summer of 2004 where he remained for two years making 91 appearances. Moved to Morecambe in the summer of 2006 and helped them win promotion to the Football League in 2007 and made a total of 138 appearances.  Spent some time on loan at Burton Albion at the start of the 2008-09 season. He signed for Port Vale in 2009 and became the team’s regular right back for the next five seasons and helped the club to secure promotion from League Two in 2012-13. However,  lost his place for the 2015-16 season and spent a short time on loan at Northampton Town.  Before the start of the start of the 2016-17 season it was discovered that he had been playing with an ankle cruciate ligament injury resulting in him missing the whole of the season to allow the injury to heal properly. At international level has made three appearances for the England C team during the 2006-07 season. At the start of the 2017-18 season Adam had made almost 250 appearances for Port Vale.

Signed for Macclesfield on a month’s loan on the day before the start of the 2017-18 season. Having made an excellent contribution to the team playing in seven of the eight opening matches at right back, Adam returned to Port Vale at the end of his loan spell.


Yates Keith

1980-81 Midfielder

NPL    League 1(0)0     Cups 1(0)0

Debut 10 September 1980 Grantham (Away)

There is no information recorded about this player


Yates William 'Bill'

1900-01, 1901-02 and 1904-05 to 1908-09 Right-back


#ML     League 112 Apps 0 Goals     Cups 17 Apps 0 Goals

Debut - unknown due to missing information

Missing information makes it impossible to pinpoint Yates' debut, but it would appear that he first played for Macclesfield in the latter part of the 1900-01 season. In 1901-02, he was the first choice right-back under late November when  other players took over the position for the remainder of the season. It may well be that he left the club at this time to return later.

At the start of the 1904-05 season he was the preferred right-back continuing to appear regularly through this season and the following three seasons earning the accolade as one of the best defenders at the time alongside Percy Pickford. He was vice-captain and featured in all the Cheshire Senior Cup ties in the 1906-07 season finishing with a runners-up medal.

At the beginning of the 1908-09 season he injured his knee in the second match, missing the third but returned for the fourth at New Mills.  Unfortunately his knee failed during this encounter and he did not appear again for Macclesfield, probably having to retire because of this injury.


Yeo Simon

2008-09 Forward

Simon Yeo

FL    League 22(11)7     Cups 2(2)0

Debut 9 August 2008 Sub Shrewsbury Town (Away)

Simon was a late starter at professional level, but was spotted by Keith Alexander when playing for Hyde United, signing for Lincoln City in the summer of 2003 at the age of 29. He made over 150 appearances for the Imps with his almost 50 goals playing a big part in their play-off campaigns.  He was released in the 2005 close season after which he played for New Zealand Knights but returned to Sincil Bank in January 2006.  In the summer of 2006 he signed for Peterborough United and moved to Chester City in January 2007, spending time on loan at Bury early in 2008.  The Stockport born ex-Army man, moved to the Moss Rose in the summer of 2008.  Following a dearth of goals for the team as a whole in August, Simon found himself in the starting line-up and scored six goals in the next nine matches. He only managed to score one further goal and decided to retire as a professional footballer at the end of the 2008-09 season so that he could train to be a security guard in Iraq. Simon decided not to take up the offer of work in Iraq and signed for Droylsden in the summer of 2009 after which Simon played for Harrogate Town and New Mills. He then retired from playing football.

In January 2011 Simon returned to the Moss Rose on non-contract terms to assist the manager and backroom staff to the end of the season, with his lively personality influencing team morale, combining his duties with the Silkmen with his job as a baggage handler at Manchester Airport.

Joined Mossley in the summer of 2016 as striker coach.


Young Dick

1967-68 to 1970-71 Forward

Dick Young

CL      League 28(0)21     Cups 16(1)7

NPL   League 65(2)42     Cups 44(0)18

Debut 19 August 1967 Buxton (Home)

Dick was a very experienced goal scoring forward who had played for Newcastle United, the British Army, Grimsby Town where he made over 100 appearances, Stockport County, Ellesmere Port Town and Bangor City. He was Macclesfield’s top scorer in both 1968-69 and 1969-70, scoring 29 goals in both seasons.

Dick enjoyed success at the Moss Rose as a member of the team who won the Cheshire League title in 1967-68, reached the FA Cup third round in 1967-68, a member of the Northern Premier League championship sides in 1968-69 and 1969-70, holder of a winners' medal in the FA Trophy in 1970 and gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1969. 

Dick was employed as a trimmer at the then firm of Hawker-Siddeley, Woodford. He sadly died from Motor-Neurone disease whilst still in his prime in the late 1980s



1905-06 Outside-left


ML     League 1 App 0 Goals


Debut 9 September 1905 Tonge (Home)


From Haslingden, his one appearance was probably a trial match.


Yoxall Tony

1957-58 Goalkeeper


CL  League 17 Apps 0 Goals    Cups 1 App 0 Goals

Debut 24 August 1957 Buxton (Home)

Previously played for Winsford United, transferring to Stoke City in 1950. At the start of the 1957-58 season Tony was the first choice 'keeper but suffered a fractured hand early on and never really established himself as the number one 'keeper, sharing duties in the main with reserve team 'keeper Greenall in an indifferent season for the Silkmen, eventually dropping to the reserves towards the end of the season. Later played for Lostock Gralam.

Died: Vale Royal, Cheshire February 1990.



Zelem Alan

1984-85 to 1991-92 Goalkeeper


NPL    League 107(0)0    Cups 37(0)0

Debut 18 August 1984 Marine (Home)

Conf     League 153(1)0    Cups 51(0)0

Alan was signed from Bolton Wanderers having previously played for Skelmersdale United, Winsford United and Stalybridge Celtic. Alan had also been on the books of Preston North End.  He was considered one of the best ‘keepers in the league giving sterling service to the Silkmen over many years, was known as the ‘Cat’ and was ever popular with the supporters.  He played a vital role in the Silkmen’s 1986-87 treble year (NPL Championship, League Cup and Presidents Cup) and kept goal in three Cheshire Senior Cup finals. Alan was voted Player of the Year for the 1989-90 season. Unfortunately he will always be remembered for letting in the single goal in extra time in the FA Trophy Final at Wembley in 1989 against Telford.

On leaving the Silkmen he played for Hyde United, Witton Albion, Chester City, player/manager at Curzon Ashton, Mossley, Ashton United and Winsford United. Runs a contract cleaning business with his brother.




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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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