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Fagan Mike

1980-81 Defender

NPL    League 15(0)1   Cups 4(0)1

Debut 14 October 1980 Buxton (Away) League Cup R2

Mike, son of Anfield’s Joe Fagan, commenced his career at Liverpool before moving to Bootle and then Macclesfield.  He was a strong attacking full-back, at home with the ball at his feet but loved placing long probing balls into the opposition’s half of the field. On leaving Macclesfield he moved to Prescot Town and later played for 13 different clubs including Altrincham, Southport. Witton Albion and Ashton United.

 

Fairbrother

1911-12 Centre-forward

 

ML     League 4 Apps

 

LC      League 2 Apps 4 Goals

 

Debut 1 January 1912 Lancaster (Home)

 

Scored four goals on his debut in the 7-1 home win in the Lancashire Combination match against Lancaster and featured in the next league match.  He appeared again for the Manchester League side at the beginning of February and in three end-of-season matches.  He probably found it difficult to break into both teams as Best and Butterworth were the established centre-forwards.

   

Fairclough Neil

Fairclough_Neil

1980-81 to 1986-87 Full-back

NPL    League 248(5)10    Cups 78(3)2

Debut 2 September 1980 Lancaster City (Home)

Before moving to Macclesfield Neil had played at Blackburn Rovers, Blackpool, Droylsden and Chorley.  But it was a deal involving player Neil Goodwin plus cash which brought him to the Moss Rose from Stalybridge where he had spent the previous three seasons. He had the ability to control the ball well and indeed control play, creating chances for other players to score. He was a dedicated long serving player making the second highest number of appearances for Macclesfield during their time in the NPL, gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1983 and played his part in the 1986-87 NPL Championship side. Neil was given a Testimonial Match against a Manchester United Xl at the Moss Rose on Wednesday 20 August 1986.  Neil was a Civil Servant employed as a tax officer.

 

Fairhurst

1948-49 Right-back

CL     League 2 Apps

Debut 26 February 1949 Port Vale (Home)

A defender in the reserve side, he played in two league matches at the end of February and the middle of March 1949.

Fairhurst Waide

Fiarhurts_Waide

  

2011-12 to 2013-14 Forward

FL     League 4(14)0     Cups 0(2)0

NC    League 28(14)13     Cups 3(3)1

Debut 6 August 2011 Dagenham & Redbridge (Home)

Waide came through the ranks at Doncaster signing his first professional contract in the summer of 2008. He made a total of 13 appearances for the club, including two in the Carling Cup, and scored two goals. So that he could gain more first team experience, the striker spent time on loan at Shrewsbury Town, Southend United and Hereford United before signing a two-year deal with the Silkmen in the summer of 2011.

Waide made an impressive start in the first match of the 2011-12 season, but a very strong tackle injured an ankle and ended his match just before half time. This injury basically left him out of contention until November, after which he  found it difficult to get a foothold in the starting line-up, with most of his appearances coming from the substitutes' bench. Although Waide has yet to open his account for the senior side, he scored a first half hat-trick in fifteen minutes for the reserve side in the home match against Oldham Athletic in January 2012.

At the beginning of the 2012-13 season Waide faced strong competition for a place in the strike force with Matthew Barnes-Homer in fine form together with Chris Holroyd often preferred, therefore, Waide featured from the substitutes' bench on many occasions.  However, once Holroyd had returned to Preston, Waide worked alongside Barnes-Homer and scored 10 of his goals during the second half of the season to finish as second top-scorer with 14 goals. In recognition of his performances he was presented with the Jean Ridgeway Award.

Waide signed for Lincoln City in the summer of 2013 joining former Macclesfield Manager Gary Simpson. Spent a month on loan at Macclesfield Town in February 2014 making two appearances from the substitutes' bench, and completed the 2013-14 season on loan at Whitehawk.

 

Fairley Howard

1975-76 and 1976-77 Midfielder

NPL    League 24(0)2    Cups 9(2)0

Debut 28 February 1976 Barrow (Home)

A strong tackling player who always gave 100%, Howard was signed from Scottish club Stenhousemuir. Played for Penicuik before signing for Berwick Rangers for the 1970-71 season after which he returned to Penicuik having been unable to establish himself in the Rangers side.

 

Fantham David

1989-90 Goalkeeper

Conf    Cups 3(0)0

Debut 24 October 1989 Hednesford Town (Home) Staffordshire Senior Cup R1

His three senior appearances came in the Staffordshire Senior Cup Competition when first team goalkeeper Alan Zelem was rested. There is no further information recorded for this player.

 

Fantham John

1971-72 Forward

Fantham_John 

NPL    League 37(0)5    Cups 18(0)4

Debut 21 August 1971 Gainsborough Trinity (Home)

Even during his schooldays John excelled at sport playing football and cricket for Sheffield Boys and cricket for Yorkshire Boys. He was so good at cricket that he might have become a professional but he choose football.

He joined Sheffield Wednesday at the age of 15 in 1955 as an amateur but after just one season he was offered the chance to as a professional. Progressing through the youth team, reserve side and graduating to the first team when Albert Quixall moved to Manchester United, John made 435 league appearances and scored 147 goals for Sheffield Wednesday (total appearances in all competitions amounted to 435), earned international honours with England at Under-23 level and made one senior international appearance against Luxembourg in 1961.

On leaving Wednesday he signed for Rotherham United in 1969 for a fee of £4,000 remaining there for two seasons making 51 appearances in all competitions and scoring eight goals.

He then signed for Macclesfield Town spending the 1971-72 season at the Moss Rose before retiring from playing but he continued in the game as assistant coach to former Wednesday player Jim McAnearney at Hallam FC training the first team.

Whilst at Wednesday he opened a hairdressing business and after retiring from football founded John Fantham Tools which still operates.  He was also an accomplished golfer, holding the course record at Beauchief Golf Club for some years.

John  died at the age of 75 on 25 June 2014.

 

Farr

1921-22 Defender

 

CL     League 2 Apps

 

Debut 26 November 1921 Crewe Alexandra (Away)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team called into the senior side on two occasions to deputise for established injured senior players, firstly for Enoch Collinson and secondly for Harry Pearson.

   

Farrell Joey

1962-63 and 1963-64 Inside-forward

CL   League 24 Apps 9 Goals   Cups 6 Apps

Debut 27 October 1962 Sankeys (Home)

Before moving to Macclesfield played at Ellesmere Port Town. The majority of Joey's goals came in the 1963-64 season, including a hat-trick in the away match at Buxton, which the hosts won 4-3.

 

Farrelly Mike

1989-90 to 1992-93 Defender/midfielder

Farrelly_Mike 

Conf    League 68(17)2    Cups 29(4)2

Debut 28 October 1989 Kettering Town (Home)

Mike moved to the Moss Rose from Altrincham appearing regularly either in defence or in midfield. Previously he made over 100 appearances for Preston North End before joining Altrincham where he stayed for five years, scoring the winning goal for them in the 1986 FA Trophy final against Runcorn. Mike earned three semi-pro caps plus a schoolboy cap.

 

Farrelly Steve

1990-91 to 1994-95 Goalkeeper

Farrelly_Steve 

Conf    League 169(0)1    Cups 76(0)0

Debut 12 February 1991 Warrington Town (Away) Cheshire Senior Cup Quarter Final

A formidable ‘keeper, Steve gave excellent service to the club for five seasons, with his fine performances attracting the attention of Football League scouts soon after his arrival. Steve signed from Southport having started his career at Chester and also played for Knowsley.

His goal for the Silkmen came at Merthyr Tydfil when he scored with a long punt up the field on 18 December 1993, prompting the strikers to comment that it was a long way back to congratulate him.  Unfortunately the home side ran out victors 2-1. However, it was his three consecutive saves in the penalty shoot-out in the first round FA Cup replay at Chesterfield in November 1992 for which he will never be forgotten, giving the Silkmen a dramatic and memorable win against the Football League side on a cold and drizzly evening.

He was a member of the prestigious Middlesex Wanderers on their 1993 tour of Germany and Holland, earned a semi-pro cap in 1995 and was named in the Conference Team of the Year for 1994-95.

His club honours saw him  gaining two Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals in 1991 and 1992, winners' medals in the Conference League Cup and Staffordshire Senior Cup in 1994 and a member of the Conference Championship side in 1994-95.

Steve was sold to Rotherham United for a fee of £40,000 in the summer of 1995.Steve has since played for Barrow (two spells), Kingstonian, Farnborough and Woking.

 

Fayadh Jassim

2004-05 Midfielder

FL   League 0(1)0    Cups 0(1)0

Debut 10 October 2004 Sub Notts County (Home)

A left-sided midfielder who could also play in the centre of midfield, Jassim was a regular in the Iraqi international side and was known to the owners of the Silkmen. He was first seen at the Moss Rose when playing for the Iraqi side in their 2004 close season tour, and after signing for Macclesfield he spent some time in the reserves before making his Football League debut in October 2004, thereby becoming the first-ever Iraqi national to play at this level in England. He made one further substitute appearance before he was granted compassionate leave in November 2004 so that he could return to Bagdad to be with his family and was subsequently released from his contract. Subsequently he played for Apollon Limassol and Iraqi clubs the most recent, Al-Kahraba.

 

Feeney

1938-39 Centre-half

 

CL     League 5 Apps

Debut 4 February 1939 Chester (Home)

An amateur player from Huddersfield who was given a run of five matches at centre-half, Norman Christie's usually berth, who moved to inside-right so that Feeney could be accommodated.

   

Feeney Joe

1953-54 Inside-right

CL    League 10 Apps 2 Goals   Cups 2 Apps

Debut 22 August 1953 Buxton (Home)

Before signing for Macclesfield Joe had played for Chester, Rhyl and Tonbridge in the Southern League.  All his appearances came at the beginning of the 1953-54 season after which Arthur Jones filled the inside-right position.

 

Ferguson Danny

1936-37 and 1937-38 Right-half 

CL   League 68 Apps 14 Goals    Cups 16 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 29 August 1936 Buxton (Home)

 

Signed for Macclesfield from Chester in the summer of 1936. In the 1936-37 season Danny was ever-present and was reputed to have the strongest shot in the side which he made the most of scoring his fair share of goals and finished second top-scorer with 15 goals behind Ray Worswick. He started the 1937-38 season as the regular right-half, but gradually he lost his place initially to Norman Christie and then Ron Hackney. On leaving Macclesfield Danny moved to Hurst, however, he played in Macclesfield's 1939-40 war-time team.

 

Fermino Enes

2012-13 Midfielder

 

NC     League 4(0)0

 

Debut 1 April 2013 Wrexham (Away)

 

A former Swiss Under-19 and Under-21 Congo International, Enes has spent all his football career in Switzerland initially at youth level with FC Lausanne-Sport.  He then moved to ES Malley, FC La Chaux-de-Fonds and top-flight Swiss team FC Sion.  In 2010 he spent time on loan at FC Locarno before returning to FC Sion from where the Silkmen signed him.

Enes made four appearances as a central midfielder, three of which came when Kieran Murtagh was serving a three match suspension. Released by Macclesfield at the end of the 2012-13 season.

   

Fettis Alan

2004-05 and 2005-06 Goalkeeper

FL    League 61(0)0    Cups 14(0)0

Debut 7 August 2004 Leyton Orient (Away)

A vastly experienced ‘keeper, with 25 Northern Ireland international appearances, Alan was on the books of five different clubs including Hull City, Nottingham Forest and Blackburn Rovers costing them a total of £600,000 in transfer fees before signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 2004. He started off both his seasons with the Silkmen as the first choice ‘keeper, but was side-lined by injury on more than one occasion and with, firstly, Steve Wilson and then Tommy Lee in good form, was kept on the substitutes’ bench on occasions.  Alan very rarely gave less than an assured performance, commanding his area well, distributing the ball thoughtfully and was good in the air.  He signed for Bury in the summer of 2006 after which he was goalkeeping coach at Cheltenham Town and then Sunderland. He joined Manchester United in 2011 as goalkeeping coach for the Academy teams.

Alan Fettis

 

Few

1958-59 Goalkeeper

 

CL     League 3 Apps  Cups 1 App

 

Debut 1 September 1958 Port Vale (Home)

 

The reserve team goalkeeper who was drafted into the senior side when senior side 'keeper Brian Sutton had broken his hand. Unfortunately Macclesfield lost all four matches when Few was keeping goal.

   

Fidler Brian

1966-67 to 1971-72.

CL      League   60(3)48     Cups 24(0)16

NPL   League 131(2)72     Cups 77(1)31

Debut 24 September 1966 Stafford Rangers (Home)

Brian moved to the Moss Rose from Heanor Town, having previously been with Rotherham, Gainsborough Trinity and Worksop Town. He was an outstanding personality, nicknamed ‘Mr Showman’ by the opposition as he liked to celebrate his goals with a lap of honour.  He scored many goals being one of the most gifted players in the League. One of his goals came in the 1970 FA Trophy Final at Wembley in the 2-0 victory against Telford United. He was top-scorer on three occasions, 1966-67, 1967-68 and in 1970-71 when he scored 39 goals in all competitions. From current research Brian is the third highest goalscorer for the Silkmen behind Steve Burr and Harold Kelly. Member of the Northern Premier League champions team in 1968-69 and 1969-70 as well as a holder of two Cheshire Senior Cup winners' medals in 1969, and 1971, and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70.

When Brian left Macclesfield in 1972 he moved to Stafford Rangers. He then played for Boston United before managing Frecheville, Gainsborough, Burton Albion and Frickley.  Brian became a sales manager for Carlac motor factor company and lives in Sheffield,

Brian Fidler

 

Fidler Dennis

1967-68 to 1970-71 and 1972-73 Winger

CL      League   7(0)1       Cups   2(0)0

NPL   League 119(2)28  Cups 90(0)27

Debut 12 April 1968 Altrincham (Away)

Dennis served both Manchester Clubs, also Port Vale, Grimsby Town (fee £2,000) and Halifax Town, signing from Darlington who had paid a fee of £3,500 for him.  He was a penalty expert and goal scorer who as a speedy winger struck up an uncanny understanding with his namesake, Brain.  Dennis moved to Altrincham for the 1971-72 season before a second spell with the Silkmen when he was made captain, later playing for New Mills.

Dennis was a member of the Northern Premier League championship side in 1968-69 and

1969-70, a holder of a winners' medal in the FA Trophy in 1970, won three winners' medals in the Cheshire Senior Cup, in 1969, 1971 and 1973 and was a member of the team which won the North West Floodlit League in 1969-70.

Ran a chain of fish and chip shops in the Stockport area, before selling up and emigrating to Italy.

Dennis Fidler

 

Fielding Mark

1983-84 to 1985-86 Defender

NPL    League 73(1)3    Cups 29(0)0

Debut 29 August 1983 Burton Albion (Away)

Mark signed from Runcorn and had experience at Preston North End, Darwen, Luton Town, Witton Albion and on loan at Mossley. He was rated as one of the best full-backs in the NPL, was team captain in the 1985-86 season and played in a NPL XI in the 1984-85 season. Moved to Stalybridge Celtic and then Chorley.

Fielding_Mark

Finch AH

1904-05 Outside-right

 

#ML       League 5 Apps      Cups 1 App

 

Debut 24 September 1904 Hyde (Home)

 

Hailed from Manchester but only remained at Macclesfield for a short period moving to Stretford in February 1905.

   

Findlow Harry H

1924-25 and 1925-26 Outside-right

 

CL     League 6 Apps 1 Goal     Cups 2 Apps

 

Debut 4 April 1925 Northwich Victoria (Home) Challenge Cup Semi-final

 

A Macclesfield Grammar School old boy, Harry was signed by Macclesfield towards the end of the 1924-25 season having distinguished himself playing for local teams. Only playing in the final six matches of the 1924-25 season and a further two matches in the following season, nevertheless he was selected for both the semi-final and the final of the Cheshire League Challenge Cup in 1925 when he gained a winners' medal.

It is reported that he did remarkably well at outside-right when he represented the Manchester and Liverpool Combined Universities team against an FA team.  He also represented the Lancashire Amateurs against Birmingham Amateurs at old Trafford.

Harry is related to former modern-day club director Geoff Findlow, as he was cousin to Geoff's father.  Harry's daughter, Ann, still resides in Macclesfield (2012).

   

Finney

1949-50 Inside-left

 

CL    League 7 Apps   Cups 1 App

Debut 20 August 1949 Buxton (Home)

 

An amateur who played in early season matches and a further two matches in November 1949 when Ken Pritchard was injured.

   

Finney Charles William Thomas 'Bill'

1959-60 and 1960-61 Utility

CL   League 32 Apps 8 Goals   Cups 8 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 22 August 1959 Buxton (Home)

An experienced forward who played for Crewe Alexandra as an amateur before turning professional at Stoke City in 1949 where he made 57 league appearances scoring 14 goals.  He then went on to play for Birmingham City, Queens Park Rangers, a single appearance for Crewe Alexandra and then Rochdale.  He joined Macclesfield in 1959 having refused the terms offered at Rochdale. Bill was another player who made an immediate impact by scoring on his debut and scored a further two goals in the next match.  He filled more than one of the forward positions, with most of his appearances coming early and late in the 1959-60 season and was only used occasionally in the 1960-61 season.

Finney

 

Finnigan

1948-49 Goalkeeper

CL    League 8 Apps    Cups 3 Cups

Debut 1 September 1948 Witton Albion (Home)

Deputised for Nat McKInstry, who was recovering from an appendix operation, at the beginning of the 1948-49 season when the Silkmen's form was poor. He finished on the losing side in seven of his appearances, after which he returned to the reserve side.

 

Fish Alan

1975-76 and 1976-77 Defender

Fish_Alan

NPL    League 38(0)1    Cups 15(0)0

Debut 16 August 1975 Gateshead (Home)

Signed from Fleetwood, Alan was a strong tackling player who lined up with John Collins in the back four.  He moved to Buxton in 1977.

Fisher Tom

2011-12 Forward

FL     League 0(1)0

Fisher_Tom

Debut 2 January 2012 Sub Accrington Stanley (Away)

A young striker who first played at Stockport making his debut in April 2009 against Crewe Alexandra.  In the 2010-11 season he made 28 appearances, most which came from the substitutes' bench and signed for the Silkmen in the summer of 2011.  Few opportunities were available for him in the senior side and, consequently, Tom spent time on loan at Hyde United and Droylsden. Having been released in the summer of 2012 at the end of his contract Tom signed for FC United of Manchester.

   

Fitchett W

1897-98, 1899-1900 and 1900-01 Trainer

 

#SDL     League 4 Apps

#NSL     League 2 Apps

#ML      Cups 1 App

 

Debut 18 September 1897 Stockport All Saints (Home)

 

Fitchett was the team's popular trainer, but when Hallefield took over the Moss Rose for the 1897-98 season (Macclesfield FC had failed financially in 1897) with no recognised goalkeeper available initially Fitchett signed for the Stockport and District League side playing in the early season matches.  Again helped out in goal for the Hallefield-Macclesfield side in 1899-1900 season when he also made one outfield appearance. In the 1900-01 Manchester League side, by which time Macclesfield FC had been reformed, he was the goalkeeper in the first round tie of the Cheshire Senior Cup.

On 6 September 1902, the 1901-02 season players presented him with a gold watch in recognition of his service to the club.

   

Flanaghan

1912-13 Centre-half

 

LC     League 2 Apps

 

Debut 2 September 1912 Bacup (Away)

 

Only appeared in the first two matches of the 1912-13.  It would appear that he was not given a contract as he did not appear in the reserve side during the season.

   

Flanaghan

1936-37 Left-half

CL     League 1 App     Cups 2 Apps

Debut 16 September 1936 Congleton Town (Home) Challenge Cup R1

Used in three consecutive matches, all of which were won by the Silkmen, at a time when no specific player filled the left-half position, however, John Graham had moved to the inside-right position to accommodate Flanagan.  Flanagan's contract was cancelled by the club in early January 1937.

 

Flannery

1914-15 Forward

 

LC     League 13 Apps 5 Goals     Cups 4 Apps

 

Debut 25 December 1914 Hurst (Away)

 

Appeared on the scene at the end of 1914, featuring regularly firstly at inside-left and then centre-forward until the beginning of April when it is thought that he left the club to join the Army.

   

Fleet

1908-09 Left-half

 

ML     League 2 Apps      Cups 1 App

 

Debut 5 September 1908 Northwich Victoria (Away)

 

Had previously had been on the books of Crewe and moved to Macclesfield from Haslingden at the recommendation of Warham, the Macclesfield captain. Fleet featured in the senior team for the first two matches of the 1908-09 season and once later in the season when Taylor was out of action with a broken cheek bone.

   

Fleming Michael (Mick)

1959-60 and 1960-61 Wing-half

CL   League 31 Apps    Cups 9 Apps

Debut 19 December 1959 Chester (Home)

A local product who had played for Central School Old Boys and Windsmoor before joining the Silkmen reserve side as an amateur, later turning professional and graduating to the senior side with his appearances evenly divided between his two seasons as a senior player.

Flemming

 

Fletcher

1957-58 Left-back

CL  League 18 Apps

Debut 23 September 1957 Port Vale (Away)

Previously with Stockport County.  At the Moss Rose was almost ever-present for the last three months of 1957

 

Fletcher Joe

1978-79 and 1979-80 Forward/Left-back

NPL    #League 60(4)8    Cups 20(0)3

Debut 19 August 1978 Scarborough (Away)

Joe was signed from Mossley, but had played for Wigan Athletic and was in their 1973 FA Trophy team. He was top scorer with 10 goals in the 1978-79 and was appointed player/coach for the 1979-80 season when he moved to left-back.

 

Flitcroft David

2003-04 Midfielder

David Flitcroft

FL    League 14(1)0    Cups 1(0)0

Debut 16 August 2003 Cambridge United (Away)

David was a trainee at Preston North End where he gained his first professional contract in 1992.  After a loan spell at Lincoln City, he moved to Chester City and then to Rochdale where he spent four years, before joining Macclesfield in the summer of 2003 when he was immediately appointed captain. Although a committed player, David found it difficult to settle to his role in the centre of midfield and his contract was cancelled by mutual consent in January 2004.  Shortly after leaving Macclesfield David signed for Bury, and then had a short spell at Hyde United before moving back to Rochdale in January 2007 where he remained assistant manager to Keith Hill until the summer of 2011. 

When Hill was appointed manager of Championship side Barnsley, David moved there at the same time to take up the assistant manager's position. On the departure of Keith Hill  at the end of December 2012, David was appointed caretaker manager and shortly after was handed the manager's role but  was dismissed at the end of November 2013. Appointed as manager at Bury in December 2013.

 

Flynn Matthew

2007-08 to 2009-10 Defender

Flynn_Matthew 

FL    League 23(5)0    Cups 3(1)0

Debut 18 September 2007 Sub Wrexham (Away) Johnstone’s Paint Trophy R1

Matthew stepped up from the Silkmen Youth team at the beginning of the 2007-08 season when he was awarded his first professional contract. He made his senior debut from the substitutes’ bench in the 90th minute in the first round victory of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wrexham. In the second half of his first season as a professional, he spent time on loan at Ashton. However, there were more opportunities for him in the senior side in the 2008-09 season when he played mostly at right-back and, from time to time, at right wing-back. Matthew moved to Rochdale in August 2009 and Fleetwood in the summer of 2011 from where he spent half of the 2011-12 season on loan at Altrincham. He signed for Barrow in the summer of 2012 and moved to Southport in 2013.

 

Ford Peter

1963-64 to 1966-67 Right-back

CL   League 112 Apps 5 Goals   Cups 30 Apps

Debut 24 August 1963 Buxton (Home)

Peter commenced his footballing career with Cannon Street Youth Club joining West Bromwich Albion as an amateur in 1955, signing professional forms for Stoke City in May 1956 making his first team debut against Swansea, going on to make 14 senior league appearances.  Peter joined Port Vale in September 1959 along with Harry Oscroft, in exchange Dickie Cunliffe (a future Silkman) and £2000 appearing 104 times and scored five goals. He joined Macclesfield in 1963 where he became a regular and reliable member of the team. On leaving Macclesfield at the end of the 1966-67 season he re-appeared for Stafford Rangers the following season.  He was a heating engineer with a Stoke firm and when Peter eventually retired from playing he became manager of Hanley Town and later coach of Milton United.

Ford

 

Forrest A

1923-24 and 1924-25 Outside-left

CL     League 74 Apps 13 Goals     Cups 8 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 12 September 1923 Northwich Victoria (Away)

Signed from Ashton National in the summer of 1923. Throughout the two seasons he spent at Macclesfield he was almost ever-present only missing matches when recovering from an injury or  when he was ill. He gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire League Challenge Cup in 1925 against Manchester North End.

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Forrest John

1981-82 Goalkeeper

NPL    League 9(0)0     Cups 4(0)0

Debut 15 August 1981 Gateshead (Home)

John signed from Bury where he had a distinguished career, making almost 500 appearances from 1966 to 1980 before he lost his place to Neville Southall. On signing for Macclesfield he played for the first 13 consecutive competitive matches in the 1981-82 season before the first choice ‘keeper Robin Simpson returned. On leaving Macclesfield he returned to Gigg Lane as a member of the coaching staff and for a period from 2007 held the position of chief scout at Rochdale.

Forrest_John 

 

 

Forrester George L Hogg

Forrester_George

1966-67 to 1968-69 Left-back

CL      League 80(0)2    Cups 33(0)1

NPL   League 27(2)0    Cups 14(0)0

Debut 20 August 1966 Buxton (Home)

George played for several clubs before joining the Silkmen including Sunderland (1953), Raith Rovers (1954), Brechin City (1957) Dundee United (1958), and Eyemouth United (1959). He had been unable to establish himself at any of these clubs but on moving to Accrington Stanley in 1960 he became a regular member of the senior side in the two years he spent there making 54 league appearances. He moved to Sankeys of Wellington in 1962 and Altrincham in 1965 where he was captain. Described as hard as nails, at the Moss Rose he was an integral part of the defence of Collins/Forrester/Sievwright/Ford/Goalen and a member of the Northern Premier League championship side in 1968-69. He retired from playing football at the end of his time with the Silkmen.

Whilst he was playing football he was a motor mechanic by trade, but in 1969 he took over the running of the club’s Moss Rose Hotel (The Silkman) from Derek Kevan. George died in 2001.

 

Forrester Reginald

1922-23 and 1923-24 Centre-forward

 

CL     League 32 Apps 30 Goals     Cups 12 Apps 12 Goals

 

Debut 26 August 1922 Whitchurch (Home)

 

Reg started his football career as a junior at Etruria and then moved to senior football at Kidsgrove Wellington. In 1911 he was signed by Manchester City where he remained for a season but could not break into the senior side. He moved to Stoke in 1912 but only made a couple of appearances before the break out of war.

Early in 1915 he enlisted in the Motor Machine Gun Corps and was stationed at Bisley when he played for his regiment.  He saw three and a half years of active service in eight different countries including two years in Mesopotamia with the Armoured Cars Unit.

On demobilisation in August 1919 he returned to Stoke where he remained until the end of the 1921-22 season making seven further senior appearances.

He signed for Macclesfield in the summer of 1922 missing very few matches throughout his time with the Silkmen. Reg was a prolific scorer: netting six hat-tricks including one on his debut and, as far as records show, he is only one of two players, the other was Albert Valentine, who scored a hat-trick in each of three consecutive matches, scored five goals in the 6-1 home victory against Middlewich in the second round of the Cheshire Senior Cup in 1923, four goals in three separate matches and was top-scorer with 47 goals in the 1922-23 season.

He played four matches at the start of the 1924-25 season before moving to Middlewich and in 1927-28 played for  Congleton Town.

Residing in Stoke-on-Trent he was a pottery salesman.  He died on 9 December 1959

  

Forster Roger

1948-49 and 1949-50 Outside-right

 

CL   League 8 Apps

Debut 11 September 1948 Wellington Town (Away)

 

A member of the reserve side who was used to deputise for senior players on a few occasions generally in attack, but in the 1948-49 season was also used in defence.

   

Forster W

1919-20 Left-half

 

CL     League 13 Apps     Cups 4 Apps

 

Debut 6 September 1919 Crewe Alexandra (Home)

 

Filled the left-half position from September to the beginning of February although he was dropped for one match in December when he was replaced by a trialist. There is no record of him playing for the reserve team, so it is a possibility that he may have left the club in February especially as there were so many charges to the team throughout the 1919-20 season.

   

Forsyth

1905-06 Goalkeeper

 

ML     League 2 Apps

 

Debut 17 February 1906 Heywood United (Away)

 

There is no information recorded about this  player, however it can be taken that he was given a two match trial as another player had been afforded the same opportunity at the start of the season. At the time John Wilkinson was the established 'keeper.

   

Foster

1946-47 Inside-right

CL    League 2 Apps

Debut 14 September 1946 Tranmere Rovers (Home)

One of many players given a short trial in Macclesfield's first season after the Second World War.

 

Foster Alan

1964-65 and 1965-66 Centre or inside-forward

CL    League Apps 65 Goals 25   Cups 13 Apps 5 Goals

Debut 26 August 1964 Buxton (Away)

Previously with Northwich Victoria and Crewe Alexandra (21 appearances 1959 to 1961), Runcorn (over 100 appearances) and Altrincham where he scored 26 goals.  On leaving Macclesfield he returned to Runcorn. A quantity surveyor by trade he played cricket for Newton-le-Willows in the summer.

Foster

 

Foster J

1919-20 Inside-left

 

CL     League 2 Apps

 

Debut 30 August 1919 Crichton's Athletic (Home)

 

From Port Vale, Foster was one of numerous players who had short trials in a season when 69 players were deployed in the season as a whole.

   

Foweather Vincent James

1924-25 Inside-right

CL     league 30 Apps 4 Goals     Cups 3 Apps

Debut 30 August 1924 Ellesmere Port Town (Home)

Previously with Oldham (1920-21 - five senior appearances and one goal) and Rochdale (1922-23 - four senior appearances and one goal), signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1924. Foweather went straight into the side and was the established inside-right until the latter stages of the season.  He was in partnership with free-scoring Kelly and Mellor but his goals were few and far between and spent just one season at the Moss Rose.

Foweather_J
   

Foxcroft GS

Foxglove

1946-47 Goalkeeper

CL   League 9 Apps    Cups 1 App

Debut 31 August 1946 Buxton (Home)

Before joining Macclesfield he played several games for Burnley and also appeared in their Central League side. Although he was only at Macclesfield for a short time he was described as one of the finest goalkeepers in the Cheshire League, his anticipation, judgment and handing of the ball were of the highest quality.

Early in November 1946 he moved to Canada with his Canadian born wife.  He claimed to be so happy at the club that even though he had known for a month he was moving to Canada he did not advise them of the fact until days before he was due to leave.

   

Foy John

1926-27 Outside-right

CL     League 3 Apps 1 Goal

Debut 13 November 1926 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield had been on the books of Manchester City and Crewe Alexandra. Despite having been connected with Football League clubs he only made three appearances, two at outside-right and one at centre-forward. His goal came in the 3-6 defeat at Middlewich at the beginning of December 1926.

Foy_J
   

Franklin Cornelius F(Known as Neil)

Franklin

1960-61 Centre-half

CL    League 13 Apps 1 Goal    Cups 1 App

Debut 21 January 1961 Rhyl (Home)

Signed professionally for Stoke City in January 1939 making 162 appearances for the club and 27 international appearances for England. He then joined Colombian side Sante Fe of Bogata  in May 1950, but to make the move he had broken his contract with Stoke and the position was further aggravated when he refused to join the England squad for the 1950 World Cup finals in Brazil.  Neil and his family never settled in Colombia and they returned to England after only two months.

A suspension from league football followed, after which he joined Hull City in February 1951 for, at that time, a world record fee for a defender of £22,500.  He moved to Crewe Alexandra in February 1956 (66 appearances) and was signed by Stockport County in 1957 (20 appearances).  He later played for Wellington and for a short time at the Moss Rose.  After retiring from playing he managed Greek side APOEL and then Colchester United. He was a landlord in Oswaldtwistle and then in Sandon, Staffordshire. Neil died in February 1996 at the age of 74.

   

Franklin Gary

1963-64 and 1964-65 Centre-half

CL    League 9 Apps     Cups 2 Apps

Debut 6 April 1964 Tranmere Rovers (Away)

Having been with the club for two years he was promoted to the professional ranks in 1964.  Son of Neil Franklin

   

Franklin Thomas

1949-50 Centre-half

CL    League 8 Apps   Cups 3 Apps

Debut 20 August 1949 Buxton (Home)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield from Kidderminster, Thomas had been on the books at Crewe Alexandra.  He played in all the opening matches of the 1949-50 season until Frank Marsh returned to action.

 

Fraser-Allen Kyle

2008-09 Midfielder

FL    League 0(2)0

Debut 25 February 2009 Sub Port Vale (Home)

Kyle represented England at Under-16 level at the age of 14 and joined Tottenham Hotspur’s Academy in the 2006-07 season.  As an attacking midfielder, he moved through the Spurs ranks and was given his first professional contract in July 2008. Spent a month loan at the Moss Rose where he made his Football League debut, making an immediate impact with an amazing lighting run down the right flank.  He made just one more cameo appearance before returning to Tottenham. Having been released by Tottenham he signed for Hayes & Yeading.

 

Freeborough

1911-12 Centre-half

 

ML     Cups 2 Apps

 

LC      League 5 Apps

 

Debut 23 December 1911 Great Harwood (Away)

 

One of many players given a few matches, all of Freeborough's appearances coming in late December 1911 and early January 1912.

   

Freeman

1904-05 Centre-half

 

ML     League 1 App

 

Debut 18 February 1905 Oughtrington Park (Away)

 

Given a one match trial.

   

Freeman Brian

1978-79 Defender

NPL    League 3(0)0

Debut 10 March 1979 Workington (Home)

A young player who was signed from Wigan the day before his debut who went on to make two further appearances.

 

Freer Clifford

1950-51 to 1955-56 Right-half

Freer

CL    League 191 Apps 1 Goal   Cups 39 Apps

Debut 19 August 1950 Buxton (Home)

Moved from Gosling when the team folded to become a member of the formidable half-back (centre-back) line with Richardson and Shepherd which lasted five seasons. He was a member of the 1952-53 Cheshire League Champions side, and in 1951 and 1952 gained a winners' medal in the Cheshire Senior Cup.

 

Friel John

1955-56 Inside-left

CL     League 3 Apps   Cups 1 App

Debut 14 January 1956 Stafford Rangers (Away)

Prior to joining Macclesfield played for Queen of the South, Torquay United and Bangor but only managed four senior appearances for the Silkmen.

 

Froggatt Harry

1876-77 Full-back

 

Prior to the formation of Macclesfield FC in 1876, Harry was goalkeeper for the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers, however, he did not fill this position for Macclesfield FC but played at full-back, captaining the side in the 1876-77 season.

On leaving Macclesfield he became a solicitor in Scarborough.

   

Frost Alfred James

1947-48 Outside-right

CL    League 9 Apps

Debut 3 January 1948 Droylsden (Away)

Signed from Congleton, where he had been for nine years, having impressed the Directors when playing against Macclesfield.  Nevertheless he did not command a regular position in the team.

 

Frost

1903-04 and 1904-05 Goalkeeper

 

ML     League 2 Apps

 

Debut 6 February 1904 Hooley Hill (Away)

 

Following  a series a poor results, F Smith the first choice 'keeper refused to travel for the fixture at Hooley Hill on 6 February 1904 resulting in Frost, Macclesfield's current reserve team 'keeper, being drafted in as a replacement until the club could recall former 'keeper W. Brocklehurst. (The team lost 4-1 but when Brocklehurst returned results improved significantly although Smith returned towards the end of the 1903-04 season.) Frost made one further senior appearance the following season on 25 February 1905 in the away match at Heywood United.

   

Frost H

1926-27 Outside-right

 

CL     League 6 Apps 1 Goal

 

Debut 25 December 1926 Congleton Town (Home)

 

Played for Congleton Town during the 1925-26 season. For Macclesfield he featured in six consecutive matches at a time when there was no regular player allocated to the outside-right position.  His goal came on his third appearance in the 1-4 home defeat against Chester.

   

Frost R

1926-27 Inside-left

CL     League 39 Apps 29 Goals     Cups 5 Apps 2 Goals

Debut 26 August 1926 Hurst (Home)

Prior to signing for Macclesfield in the summer of 1926 he had been on the books of Port Vale. Only missing three matches in the whole season, he scored in his first two matches but then went seven matches before hitting the back of the net again, but  from then onwards featured regularly on the score sheet, completing the season as top-scorer with 31 goals, two more than the prolific scorer Harold Kelly.  His single hat-trick came in the 4-4 away match with rivals Altrincham, and he scored two goals in seven matches, in addition to which he was often the team's penalty taker.

Frost_R
   

Fryer

1920-21 Outside-left

 

CL     League 1 App

 

Debut 18 December 1920 Sandbach Ramblers (Home)

 

A member of the Macclesfield reserve team who deputised for William Pepper for one match.

   

Fryer

1951-52 Forward

 

CL    League 1 App

Debut 13 October 1951 Altrincham (Away)

 

Reported in the Press as 'a new signing' but only made a single appearance.

   

Futcher Ben

2011-12 Defender

Futcher_Ben

FL    League 10(0)0

Debut 21 February 2012 Northampton Town (Away)

Ben's career started at Oldham where he was given his first professional contact in July 1999. After making 11 appearances for the senior side he moved into the non-League scene, firstly with Stalybridge Celtic and then Doncaster Rovers but returned to the Football League with Lincoln City in the summer of 2002 where he made over 140 appearances and scored 16 goals. Moves followed to Boston United (2005), Grimsby Town (2006), Peterborough United (2006) and Bury (2007), making over 130 appearances at Gigg Lane. More recently he has found himself out on loan at Oxford United, Mansfield Town and Telford, signing on loan for the Silkmen in February 2012 playing at centre-back.  He returned to Bury after the penultimate match when it was announced that he would become their Development Coach whilst retaining his player registration. Signed a season long loan deal in the summer of 2012 with FC Halifax, but was quickly recalled to Bury to help with first team management until a new manager was appointed following the departure of Richie Barker to Crawley Town. He reverted to coaching duties at Bury for the 2012-13 season.

   
 

TC

The Combination

1890-1897

SDL

Stockport and District League

1897-1898

NSL

North Staffordshire and District League

1898-1900

ML

Manchester League

1900-1912

LC

Lancashire Combination

1911-1915

CL

Cheshire League

1919-1968

NPL

Northern Premier League

1968-1987

Conf

Vauxhall Conference

1987-1997

FL

Football League

1997-2012

NC

National Conference

2012 to date

   
 

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 many matches and in other cases it has only been possible to extract part teams from match reports. Many matches over the Christmas and Easter holiday periods, together with end of season matches, have not been reported.

  

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