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Club Connections: Morecambe

3 April 2019

Ahead of this Saturday's Sky Bet League Two clash with Morecambe, we take a look back at just some of those who have represented both clubs over the years -

Danny Adams

A no-nonsense defender, Danny joined the Silkmen in the summer of 2000 for a fee of £25,000, following a successful spell at Altrincham.

Leaving his employment as a Postman to join Macc, Danny established himself in the side quickly, winning the Player of the Year award in 2001-02 season and making over 140 appearances for the club.

Danny joined his former boss Sammy McIlroy at Morecambe (via Stockport and Huddersfield), helping The Shrimps win promotion to the Football League.

He went on to make 114 appearances and was released from Christie Park in 2010.

Danny joined various North West lower league clubs after this and retired in 2011.


Michael Carr

Michael started his footballing career in the youth ranks at Macc, signing his first professional contract at the Moss at the start of the 2003/04 season. 

He made his Football League debut while still an apprentice, although was unfortunate to receive two yellow cards in his debut match. 

Often playing out of position at right back, Michael had a successful two seasons with Macc, leaving in 2004 for Northwich -where he stayed for four years.

Joining Morecambe in 2008, Michael went full-time but struggled to game a regular starting place, going back to Northwich on loan. He played just twelve games for The Shrimps and has since spent time with a number of local clubs, including FC United and Nantwich Town


Cec Edey

‘Super Cec’ played at Morecambe early in his career, having spent time at near neighbours Lancaster City.

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 the glorious side of the mid 90’s and will probably be remembered best for making an phenomenal goal-line clearance against Chorley in the FA Trophy Semi-Final to send the Silkmen to Wembley.


Izak Reid

Younger brother of Levi, Izak progressed through the ranks at Macc from the Youth Team, signing professional terms in 2006.

A versatile defender, Izak played various roles within the team and made over one hundred appearances before facing increased competition from other players.

Izak moved to Morecambe in June 2011, staying at The Globe Arena for two years and making just over fifty appearances.

Izak is still playing and is currently with AFC Telford in the National League North


Michael Rose

A trainee with Manchester United, Michael started his professional career with Chester City in 2001 alongside his brother Stephen.

The 15 years that followed has seen an illustrious career with periods at Stockport, Swindon and Rochdale as well as four appearances in the England C National Team.

Michael joined Morecambe in 2016 and spend two seasons with The Shrimps - making seventy league appearances before being released at the end of last season.

Michael joined the Silkmen over the summer and was snapped up by former Manager Mark Yates ahead of the current campaign.


Sammy McIlroy

A name that needs no introduction to fans of either team, Sammy has experienced incredible success with both Macclesfield and Morecambe.

Sammy moved to the Moss in 1993 and oversaw the most successful period in the club’s history.

Breaking various club and league records along the way, Sammy orchestrated two promotions, various cup wins and too many “Manager of the Month” awards to count!

He steered the team into the old Division 2, playing the likes of Man City, Burnley, Wigan and Preston but suffered relegation in 1999 and left the club the following January to become Manager of the Northern Ireland National Team.

Fast-forward to 2005 and after mixed success with Northern Ireland and slightly more success at Stockport, Sammy joined Morecambe as Caretaker Manager - stepping in for Jim Harvey who had suffered a heart attack.

Guiding The Shrimps to the Conference play-offs that season, Sammy became permanent in May 2006 and had a second go at the Play-Offs the following season - beating Exeter to win promotion to the Football League.

Sammy left Morecambe in 2011 by mutual consent and has since filled his time with media work for Manchester United, along with an occasional appearance in the stands at the Moss Rose.

Honourable mentions: Zac Aley, Carl Alford, John Anyon, John Bennett, Jon Brodie, Greg Brown, Scott Brown, Kieran Charnock, John Coleman, John Cooke, Ryan Cresswell, Malcolm Darling, Tony Diagne, Chris Holroyd, Will Haining, Shwan Jalal, James Jennings, Barrie Kershaw, Mark Lillis, Paul Lodge, Darren Lyons, John McMahon, Marcus Marshall, Neil Mitchell, Ian Monk, Russell Perkins, Dave Roberts, Jack Sampson, Chris Shuker, Neil Sorvel, Tibor Szabo, Fred Taberner, Ben Tomlinson, Rhys Turner, John Williamson, Adam Yates

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