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Played For Both: West Ham United

25 September 2018

Only a handful of players have turned out for both The Hammers and The Silkmen, who are largely two clubs separated by the leagues and by location.

For this weeks look at the players we have in common, we’ve had to dig deep into the archives!

Percy Adams

Percy spent some time with West Ham prior to the First World War, before joining the 3rd North Staffords Regiment and being posted to France.

Returning to England once the war was over, he continued his football career - first in the army then later in South Wales.

He joined the Silkmen in 1920 and stayed for two seasons, scoring a number of goals and making a name for himself with his fast pace and agility.

 

Steve Clark

Although never actually making a first team appearance for The Hammers, Steve started out as a trainee with West Ham before going out on loan to Southend, where he later signed a permanent deal for the sum of £50k.

Steve spent a month on loan at Macclesfield and was used as both a striker and left midfielder.

Retiring from football in 2012, Steve has spent more recent years in managerial roles.

 

Lauder Davidson

Lauder was a well travelled player at the turn of the century who signed for West Ham in 1902.

Seemingly never staying at any club for too long, Lauder played for fifteen clubs before joining The Silkmen in 1908 - playing 10 games at the end of the season, scoring six times.

 

Fred Goodwin

Another pre-WW1 player, Fred signed for Macclesfield from Congleton in 1907 and is described as a robust and clever forward with a lot of pace.

Fred moved back and forward between Congleton and Macclesfield over the years that followed, before joining West Ham in April 1913.

Fred sadly sustained injuries during the First World War which ended his playing career.

 

Kevin Keen

Back to more recent times and a name fans of both clubs will be more familiar with.

Kevin spent ten years with The Hammers after joining as a sixteen year old, making over 200 appearances.

Leaving to join Wolves in 1993 for a fee of £600k, Kevin then spent time with Stoke before joining Macc on a free transfer in September 2000.

Making 71 appearances for The Silkmen, Kevin also started his managerial career at the Moss when he stepped in as Caretaker Manager following Gil Prescott’s decision to step back.

Kevin rejoined West Ham in 2002 and spent the next ten years in various coaching and caretaker roles.

Kevin is currently at Southend United as Assistant Manager to Chris Powell.

 

Cecil White

Signing for Macclesfield in 1923, Cecil mainly played in the reserves and made only two senior team appearances over his two years with the Silkmen.

Cecil went on to play for West Ham reserves for a short time in 1928, moving around a number of clubs before ending his playing days at Nantwich Town

 

Danny Whitehead

Danny signed for West Ham in 2013 from Stockport, where he had started his career in the youth set up. He only made one senior appearance for The Hammers during an FA Cup tie against Nottingham Forest.

Danny joined Macclesfield via Accrington Stanley in the summer of 2015, going straight into the team and making an immediate impact in central midfield.

Danny’s talent was spotted by Wigan, who signed him in January 2016 and loaned him back to the Silkmen on two occasions.

Unable to break into the senior squad, Wigan cancelled his contract and Danny returned to Macclesfield for a fourth time and went straight into the squad.

An integral member of last seasons championship winning team, Danny scored six goals - including the important winner at Woking, where the ball stopped in the mud right in front of goal!

Danny is currently at Salford City after signing with them over the summer.


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