As The Silkmen prepare to face Blackpool in the First Round of the Checkatrade Trophy, we take a look back at those players who have played for both sides over the years -
Dave ‘Ginger’ Berry
Remembered by our more mature fanbase as an all action, hard tackling redhead, ‘Ginger’ made 161 appearances for the Silkmen in the late 1960’s and early 1970’s.
Winning a number of medals during his time at Macc, Dave returned to the Moss in the early 1980s as Brian Booth’s assistant.
Dave started his career at Blackpool as a Youth Player in 1961 and progressed to the first team in 1963, but struggled to gain a place. Throughout his time as a footballer, Dave’s held down a day job as a tool draughtsman.
Nick came through the Youth set up at Macc, gaining his first professional contract by the club in 2007.
A talented player, Nick had impressed in the youth team but struggled after a pre-season injury after his league debut.
Blackman moved to Blackburn in January 2009 on a 2 ½ year deal, going out on loan to Blackpool in March of the same year.
Nick scored on his full debut for The Seasiders in a 2-2 draw away to Sheffield United.
He joined Derby County in 2016 for a reported fee of over £3million and is currently on loan with Sporting de Gijon in Spain.
Joining Blackpool in September 2001 on a free, Martin enjoyed four successful years at Bloomfield Road, making 153 appearances.
One of his four goals for the club came as a golden goal in the semi-final of the Football League Trophy, booking Blackpool a place in the final against Cambridge.
Martin was also named in the PFA Second Division Team of the Year in the 2003-04 season.
Released by Colin Hendry, Martin joined Macclesfield in June 2005 under Brian Horton, making 83 appearances over 2 years
.Initially starting as a striker, he scored six goals in his first ten appearances, but then moved onto the wings.
Martin moved to New Zealand in 2009 and played three seasons for Waitakere United before retiring in 2012.
The epitome of a journeyman, Tony played for fifteen clubs during his career as a left winger, both in England and South Africa.
Tony’s time at Blackpool was short lived, making just 17 appearances for the club in 1970/71, sandwiched between two of his three stints with Cape Town City.
Joining Macclesfield on loan from Stockport County during the 1975/76 season, Tony made 16 appearances, scored 2 goals and was appointed Caretaker Manager for around six weeks in early 1976.
Tony retired from football in the early 1980’s, running a cafe for a short while before heading to Australia and becoming a truck driver for the Queensland Railway.
Goalkeeper Lee made 98 appearances for The Seasiders between 1992 and 1997, with a short period on loan to Blackburn during that time.
Joining Macclesfield in 1999 under Sammy Mcllroy, Lee made 53 appearances for the Silkmen, often sharing goalkeeping duties with other keepers during his 4 years at the Moss.
Lee is now a successful Physiotherapist near his home town of Huddersfield.
Who put the ball in the Chelsea net?!
John had a successful nine months with the Silkmen in 2007, scoring 8 other goals alongside that memorable one at Stamford Bridge and forming a good partnership up front with Matty McNeil.
John has initially joined Macc on loan from Blackpool, having made over 200 appearances for them since 1999 and hitting the back of the net 83 times.
John rejoined Blackpool in 2011 but on the coaching side and is still part of the team in the Academy.
Tony started his career as a centre-half but moved to goalkeper during service in the RAF.
Joining Macc in 1958, making only 11 appearances for The Silkmen before being snapped up by Blackpool in 1959.
Tony made over 250 appearances at Bloomfield Road, making five appearances in Alf Ramsey’s England team (although not selected for the final 1966 squad).
Tony retired in 1967 and moved into coaching, with stints at both Plymouth and Vancouver Whitecaps in the 1970’s, before two periods managing the Canadian national team in the 1980’s and 1990’s.
Managed Both: Paul Ince
After a well documented career at the highest level, Ince cut his managerial teeth at Macclesfield - taking the helm as Player-Manager in October 2006.
Dragging the team off the bottom of the League Two table, Ince crafted an escape from relegation, albeit on the final day of the season.
Macclesfield was also the venue for Ince’s last appearance as a player, when he came off the bench to play the last 5 minutes again Notts County in 2007.
Blackpool appointed Ince as manager in February 2013 on a one year rolling contract.
After a strong start Ince was handed a five match ban and fined £4,000 by the FA following his conduct towards a match official in a game against Bournemouth in the September.
Things went downhill as Ince’s Blackpool failed to win again after November 2013, with Ince leaving the club the following January.
Honourable mentions - Craig Allardyce, Mark Blackshaw, Colin Daniel, Neil Fairclough, Sean Hessey, Rickie Lambert, Neil MacKenzie, Pedro Matias, Neil Mitchell, Mark Murray, Percy Pickford, Mike Sheron, Barry Shuttleworth, Richie Wellens, Andy Welsh, Simon Wiles