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Played For Both: Bury

31 October 2018

Given that only 30 miles separate the two clubs, the list of footballers that have played for both Macclesfield and Bury is a long one. Ahead of our meeting at the Moss Rose on Saturday, we pick out some key faces...

Frank Beaumont

A true Macclesfield Town legend, Frank played for Bury early on in his career, signing for The Shakers in 1961 for £10,000 after four years with hometown club, Barnsley.

Two seasons with Stockport followed before signing for The Silkmen in the summer of 1966.

Frank played over 300 times for Macc, including in the famous FA Cup game against Fulham and in the first ever FA Trophy Final versus Telford, scoring over fifty times in the process.

Making the step up to Player/Manager in 1968, he continued to succeed on the coaching side, winning the NPL and the Cheshire Senior Cup twice, as well as the North West Floodlit League Trophy and the FA Trophy.

Frank sadly passed away in 2011 but, with his ashes scattered at the Moss and his family regularly visiting the club, he will certainly always be remembered at Macc.

Terry Dunfield

Canadian born Terry joined Bury in 2002, after two years with Manchester City. Terry relished the opportunity of First Team football after being sidelined at City, making over eighty appearances in all competitions whilst at Bury. Unfortunately a serious knee injury ended his Shakers career and kept him out of the game for two years.

Terry was living in Macclesfield when he was invited for a trial, signing a contract with The Silkmen in 2007. An ever-present and Player of the Year in the season that followed, he made sixty-one appearances before moving on to Shrewsbury in 2009.

Terry has since played for Oldham and Ross County, as well as Vancouver Whitecaps. Toronto FC and Atomic. He is currently head coach at the Toronto FC Academy.

Alan Fettis

A hugely experienced keeper with international experience for Northern Ireland, Alan perhaps was best known during his time at Hull, where he played over 135 times (including a few as a striker due to injury problems in the squad).

He came to Macclesfield towards the end of his career in 2004 and always impressed, although a combination of injuries and competition from Tommy Lee and Steve Wilson limited his appearances.

After two years Alan signed for Bury on a twelve month deal. However, he broke his arm in September 2006 and retired at the end of the season.


Since hanging up his gloves, he has had success as a goalkeeping coach, most recently at Manchester United since 2011. Former Barcelona keeper Victor Valdes publically credited Alan with helping him through some dark times at United in 2016.

John Forrest

Another goalkeeper to add to our list, John was almost a one-team man with the vast majority of his career spent at Bury. Signing for The Shakers at the age of 19, he spent fourteen years with the club, making almost 500 appearances before losing his spot to Neville Southall in 1980.

John signed for Macc in 1981 as cover for first choice keeper Robin Simpson, playing in the first thirteen games of the 1981-82 before Robin returned from injury.

On leaving Macc, John returned to Bury as a member of the coaching staff. He has since been employed by both Barnsley and Rochdale as Chief Scout.

John Rooney

John impressed in the Youth Team at Macclesfield and so was awarded his first professional contract in 2008. Able to play either as a striker or midfielder, he started out as a substitute, before establishing himself in the side under Keith Alexander.

In 2010 he turned down a new contract with Macc, opting to try his luck in America and joined the ‘superdraft’ in January 2011.

Having returned to England in 2012, John signed for Barnsley before moving to Gigg Lane in the summer of 2013. He made only three appearances for Bury before going on loan to Chester, where he later signed permanently and made over one hundred appearances.

John’s cousin Tommy also played for the Silkmen (2004-05) and his older brother Wayne has been known to kick a football around from time to time!

Honourable mentions: Danny Adams, Alf Arrowsmith, Bill Bainbridge, Michael Bakare, Richie Barker, John Barnett, Stuart Bimson, Warren Bradley, Richie Branagan, John Butcher, Scott Burgess, Bill Calder, Frank Carrodus, John Crawford, Anthony Dudley, Keith Eccleshare, Ryan Cresswell, Alexander Elliot, Tom Elliot, David Flitcroft, Ben Futcher, Arthur Gale, Dave Goodwin, Lewis Goram, Don Graham, Carl Halford, Andy Haworth, George Heslop, Paul Hince, Chris Holroyd, Kevin Hulme, John Imrie, Shwan Jalal, Darren Lonergan, Nigel Lownds, Dave Lyon, Darren Lyons, Jimmy McNulty, Jack Mackreth, Tommy Makin, Marcus Marshall, Eric Massey, Dwayne Mattis, Jim Melrose, Pablo Mills, Paul Morgan, Jim O’Connor, Andy Oakes, William Peake, Benny Phillips, Gary Powell, Carl Regan, Dominic Rouse, Efe Sodje, Danny Swailes, Fred Taberner, Mark Tansey, Matthew Tipton, Fraser Whittaker, Anthony Williams, Jim Wood, Simon Yeo,


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