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Played For Both: Stevenage

6 September 2018

A regular rival during both clubs’ days in non-league, we’ve only ever shared eleven players with Saturday’s opponents Stevenage - 

Carl Alford 

After a few false starts in the professional game, Carl dropped down to non-league in the early 1990’s and moved to Macc in 1993 for a fee of £1,700.  

With twenty-six goals, Carl was top scorer for the Silkmen in the 1993-94 season before leaving the club the following summer. 
Joining Stevenage on a free in 1998, Carl averaged more than a goal a game for The Boro, finishing on fourty-two goals in just thirty-nine appearances - earning himself a £50k move to Doncaster in 2000. 

 
Chris Holroyd 

Chris spent three months on loan at Broadhall Way in 2010, scoring in half of his twelve appearances. 

After spending the next few years at various North West clubs, Chris joined his home town club of Macclesfield Town in 2013 after a successful loan period.  

A hard working striker, Chris had to compete for a place initially but was a bench regular, scoring some important goals along the way.  

Chris is currently with Wrexham in the Vanarama National League.  

 
Guy Madjo 

A talented player who never seemed to settle, Madjo played just one game for then newly-promoted Stevenage in the 2011-12, going out on loan for 6 weeks to Port Vale.  

Guy joined The Silkmen in March 2013, filling in for the injured Matthew Barnes-Homer and scoring twice in eight appearances (including a stunning 30 yarder against Cambridge United). 

Madjo was released at the end of the 2012-13 and went abroad, spending time playing in Hong Kong and Thailand, before joining Tranmere in November 2014.  

 

Efe and Akpo Sodje 

Two of the four famous footballing brothers have played for both Stevenage and Macclesfield, although perhaps it’s fair to say that one was much more memorable than the other. 


Efe signed for Stevenage in 1994 and made his debut for The Boro in the September. After three years at Stevenage, during which time he helped the club win the Conference title (although denied promotion due to insufficient ground facilities), Efe joined the newly promoted Macclesfield in the Football League.  

Scoring on his debut, Efe appeared eighty-three times for Macc before leaving in 1999. Efe then spend 2 years back at the Moss between 2013-2015 as Assistant Manager to John Askey. 


Akpo on the other hand started his career at Broadhall Way in 2001, playing three games and scoring once as a loan player from QPR (who he never made an appearance for).  

Following a fairly mobile career around the leagues, the youngest Sodje brother came to the Moss on loan in 2014 while Efe was Assistant, making five appearances. 

 

Sam Wedgbury 


Sam signed a one year contract with Macc in July 2010, making his debut against Stevenage in the game at BroadhallWay that season.  

A brief loan period at Altrincham followed before Sam managed to secure a regular spot at the Moss, making over one hundred appearances for the club and being voted both Fans and Players’ Player of the year in his final season. 

Sam signed for League One Stevenage in May 2013, making thirteen appearances over the next twelve months.  

He is currently plying his trade at Chesterfield in the National League. 

 

Peter Winn 

An extremely likeable player, Winn joined Stevenage in 2010 after sending a letter to the club asking for a trial.  

He made his debut for The Boro in the same game at Sam Wedgbury and scored his first Stevenage goal in the 3-1 win over Newcastle United in the FA Cup in 2011. 

After a month without a club following the end of his contract at Stevenage, Winn signed for The Silkmen on a free transfer and quickly became a fan favouritegoing on to make seventy-six appearances. 

In February 2013, Winn found himself in goal against Luton Town as Rhys Taylor was sent off after half an hour with Macc 1-0 down.  

He kept a clean sheet toowith the game eventually finishing in a draw.  

 
Honorable mentions: Nathan Peel, Isaiah Rankin, Graeme Tomlinson, Peter Vincenti


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