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Played For Both: Maidstone United

8 November 2018

Perhaps not surprisingly, only five players have had the honour of playing for both Macclesfield Town and Maidstone United.

Ahead of our FA Cup First Round clash, we take a look at who they are...

Ronayne Benjamin/Marsh-Brown

One of four footballing brothers, Ronayne Benjamin (or Marsh-Brown as he is sometimes known) came to Macc in 2007, following a two month stint with Crawley.

Making only three appearances, all from the bench, Ronayne played on the left wing but was released at the end of the 2006-07 season.

In the eleven years since leaving Macc, he has played for an astonishing twenty-four different clubs in the lower leagues, one of which was Maidstone in February to March 2011. Ronanye is currently with Whitehawk, who he signed for in June of this year.

 

William Bull

For our next Macclesfield/Maidstone maestro we travel back to pre-WW1. William was a right-sided defender who signed for Maidstone in December 1912.

Spending 18 months with The Stones, he signed for Crewe at the start of the war and then served in the army before joining Plymouth in 1919.

He joined Crewe for a second time in 1920 before signing for Macclesfield in August 1921, playing just one senior game against Connah’s Quay before moving into the reserve team.

 

Mick Doherty

Mick is another well travelled player who turned out for both Macc and Maidstone during his career. He played for Maidstone in 1987-88 after making an impact as a goal scorer across the leagues.

Signing for Macclesfield from Farnborough in February 1992 for £3,000, Mike wasn’t able to maintain his prolific scoring ability but was a valued member of the squad and remained with Macc until the end of the 1992-93 season.

After retiring from the game he became a football scout, working for Everton, Chelsea, Sunderland and most recently Celtic.

 

Cec Edey

‘Super Cec’ has already featured in our "Played for Both" feature earlier in the season, as he played for Morecambe earlier on in his career. However, once he left Macclesfield in 1998, he played for Maidstone for a short time before retiring from the game.

Initially joining the Silkmen on loan in 1991, he returned in 1995 on a permanent basis for the princely sum of £4,000.

Cec became a critical part of that winning team of the mid 1990’s, making an amazing goal-line clearance against Chorley in the FA Trophy to send the Silkmen to Wembley amongst other heroics.

 

Fred Smith

Another trip back through the history books for our final player this week, Fred Smith was a native of Buxton and started his career in his hometown, first with Buxton Villa and then Buxton Wednesdays.

Moving up into the Football League in 1906, Fred played for Stockport and Derby before signing for the Silkmen in August 1910.

Staying with Macc for three years, he had a short stint with Southampton before deciding to step back from the game and concentrate on his motor business.

Following deployment as a motorcycle dispatch rider in World War One, Fred returned to Buxton and found himself back on the pitch, becoming a member of the fantastically named team Buxton Comrades of the Great War. He then spent a short time with Maidstone, joining them in June 1919.

Fred found himself back at Macc in 1920, captaining the side and becoming the designated penalty taker. His season was ended suddenly however with a broken leg in a Cheshire Senior Cup game in March 1921.

Returning for a short time in December 1922 for three matches, Fred then ended his career back in Buxton, with Buxton Wanderers.


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