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Played For Both: Walsall

28 August 2018

There have been numerous players to wear both the blue of Macclesfield Town and the red of Walsall over the years.

Ahead of our EFL Cup Second Round clash this evening, we take a look at ten of them -

Colin Askey

Colin made an appearance in last week’s “Played for Both” against Mansfield. Before that he joined Walsall in 1958, helping them to 2 promotions.

 

Jon Brain

Joined Macc in the Summer of 2006, where he shared goalkeeping duties with Tommy Lee. Suffered a horrible leg break in Macc’s game against Stockport in November 2006, colliding with Andrew Teague.

 

Coming back from the injury, Jon was first choice keeper from late 2007 until leaving for Walsall, who were in League One at the time.

 

Ian Brightwell

After a long career playing career at Manchester City, Brightwell had a short spell at Walsall before joining the Silkmen in the summer of 2004. He held various positions before becoming First Team Manager on 2007, still registering as a player throughout.

Ian was let go in February 2008 after the team struggling to maintain consistent form and can now be heard on BBC Radio Manchester as a commentator.

 

Terry Carling

Terry made over 100 appearances for Walsall in the mid 1960’s as a keeper, making his way up the M6 to Macc in the early 1970’s, via 5 successful years at Chester.

Only playing one season at the Moss, Terry managed a very decent seventeen clean sheets and kept his job as a Milkman in Chester during the whole time!

 

Bill Gutteridge

A popular left back, Bill joined Walsall in 1954 and played for The Saddlers for eight years, making over 200 appearances - often as captain. \

Retiring as a professional player after injury, Bill joined the Silkmen in 1962, appearing regularly in the team and winning Sportsman of the Year in 1962/1963.

Bill moved back to Walsall as the Youth Coach after leaving Macclesfield and sadly passed away in 2013.

 

Clayton McDonald

McDonald spent a month on loan at Macc from Manchester City, making his debut against Accrington Stanley in 2008.

He only made one further appearance before heading back up the A34 at the end of his loan.

Signing for The Saddlers in 2009 following a successful loan spell from City, Clayton had 2 years with Walsall before leaving to join Port Vale in 2011.  

 

Pedro Matias

Matias was signed by Sammy McIlroy on a short term contract in 1998 and stayed with the club until the following summer, netting one goal against Stoke.

Joining Walsall after four appearances for Tranmere, Matias stayed with The Saddlers for six seasons, making 144 appearances and scoring 26 goals.

Saddlers fans may remember a Matias hat trick against Wycombe in a 5-1 win in 2001.

 

Dwayne Mattis

Mattis had a short loan spell with Walsall in 2007 before joining permanently the following summer.

After making 78 appearances and scoring six goals, he was released at the end of the season.

Mattis made his way over to Macclesfield in early 2012, staying for six months and scoring on his debut before an ankle injury brought his Silkmen journey to a close.

 

Andy Oakes

Signed as cover for Ryan Price in 1996, Oakes made his Macclesfield debut in a First Round FA Cup tie against Rochdale.

With Price injured, Oakes stepped up even though he had a broken finger at the time.

He played for Walsall following a move up the leagues, before retiring from the game in 2009.

 

Brian Horton

Not quite played for both, more of a “employed by both!” Brian had two spells as Manager at the Moss, which Silkmen fans will certainly remember - albeit for different reasons.

Taking over from John Askey on April Fools Day 2004 with Macc in 23rd place in (what was then) Division 3. Winning 4, drawing 1 and losing 2 of the remaining games was enough for a 20th place finish and to save the club from the dreaded drop.

Reaching the Play-Offs the following season proved to be Horton’s most successful time with Macc. A tough time followed and Horton was eventually dismissed after a poor start to the 2006/07 season.

Horton returned to Macc in March 2012, tasked with saving the Silkmen from relegation again. But this time it proved too tough a task, with the team picking up only 2 points from 8 games and finishing in 24th. Relegation to the Conference was the reward for the Silkmen, with Horton beling released for the second time.

And the link with Walsall?

Way before his career as a Manager, Brian started out as a player in the Youth Team with The Saddlers!


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