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Played For Both: Port Vale

25 April 2019

An impressive total of 99 players have turned out for both The Silkmen and The Valiants over the years and ahead of Saturday’s vital clash, we have a look at a few of those faces...

George Abbey

A Nigerian national, George moved to the UK in 1999 to join Sammy McIlroy’s illustrious Macclesfield side. A versatile and solid defender, he played over on hundred games for The Silkmen, as well as making his debut for his country during that time. 

Released by Brian Horton in 2004, George signed for League One side Port Vale the following December.

George stayed with Vale for three years, racking up over sixty appearances, before moving to join Crewe Alexandra in July 2007. 

He moved to Cyprus in 2010, before retiring from the game to become a fitness trainer.

 

Colin Askey

Right winger Colin started his career with Port Vale, moving from the Youth Team to the Senior squad in 1949.

Making over two hundred appearances for Vale over a nine year period, he helped the team to the Third Division North title and to the FA Cup Semi-Final in 1953-54.

Leaving Vale Park, Colin spent four years with Walsall and two with Mansfield before dropping down the divisions - finally making his way to the Moss Rose in 1965. 

Playing only three times for The Silkmen, he retired shortly after. However, his son John carried on the footballing torch for the Askey family...

 

John Askey

A name that needs no introduction to the Silkmen faithful, John started his playing career at Port Vale in the early 1980's as a youth squad member. 

After signing professional terms, he failed to make an appearance for the First Team and went on to join Macclesfield in 1984. 

A nineteen year playing career followed in Silkmen colours, with over five hundred games played, one hundred goals scored and a cabinet full of medals.

Retiring as a player in 2003, John had two spells as Manager with Macc, remaining as a coach in between. He left the club in June 2018 after an impressive thirty-four years at the Moss Rose to take over the helm at League One Shrewsbury Town.

John returned to Vale Park earlier this season, after the departure of Neil Aspin.

 

Neil Griffiths

Neil was a left back who started his career with Chester before signing for hometown club Port Vale in 1973 for £5,000.

He played over two hundred times for The Valiants over the course of an eight year spell and scored thirteen goals - mainly due to being the assigned penalty taker in the late 1970's.

After twelve months at Crewe, Neil joined Macclesfield in 1983 who were then a Northern Premier League club. 

Making forty-two appearances for the Silkmen as a player, he then stepped up to management following the resignation of Brian Booth in 1985. 

Although initial results proved promising, the team took a downward slide and Neil left the club on good terms in February 1986.

 

Albert Leake

Albert was a two club man, playing for only Port Vale and Macclesfield Town during his seventeen year career.

Joining Port Vale in February 1950, Albert made his debut in a 3-1 win over Bristol City the following March. Becoming a First Team regular, he was part of the team that won promotion from the Third Division North as well as reaching the semi-final of the FA Cup in 1953. 

After over two hundred and fifty games for The Valiants, he fell out of favour and made the move up the road to Macc in 1961.

Playing over two hundred times for The Silkmen, Albert was then promoted to Manager in July 1963. 

A successful appointment, Albert won the Cheshire Senior Cup and didn’t finish lower than fifth in the Cheshire League. 

He left the club in 1967 and spent his later years as an Education Welfare Officer, sadly passing away in 1999.

 

Ryan Lloyd

24 year old Ryan joined Vale in 2002 and worked his way up through the youth ranks until he made his debut from the bench in April 2011 during 7-2 win over Morecambe. 

A number of substitute appearances followed, before he went out on loan - first to Tamworth and then twice to Chester.

Searching for regular First Team football, Ryan joined The Silkmen after being released by Vale in June 2017. Impressing from the off, he quickly became a regular in the starting line up before injury sidelined him in January 2018. 

Before suffering injury, he scored The Silkmen’s Goal of the Season against Maidenhead with a stunning long range shot from his own half.

 

Keith Lowe

Having started his career with Wolves, first as a youth player then on professional terms, Keith spent significant time out on loan trying to establish a regular spot. His longest loan spell was with Port Vale in 2007/08, where he played twenty-eight times and scored three goals.

After leaving Molineux, Keith spent time with Kidderminster, Hereford, Cheltenham (where he played over one hundred games) and York, before signing for The Silkmen in June 2017. 

Playing every minute of the forty-six National League matches last season, Keith was a crucial part of the Championship winning team and was subsequently voted our Players’ Player of the Year.

 

Danny Whitaker

Another name that needs no introduction, Danny made his debut from the bench in 2002 and scored after only 25 minutes against Exeter City.

Although constantly impressing in midfield and regularly finding the net, Danny was released in 2006, much to the astonishment of the Silkmen fans. Then a free agent, Danny moved up to League One, joining Port Vale that summer. 

Again he continued to impress and was offered a new contract in 2008. However, after the wage bill was cut following relegation, a deadline was put on the deal and Danny choice to move on - joining Oldham Athletic.

Two seasons with Oldham and three with Chesterfield followed, before Danny came home to the Moss in August 2013. 

During the 2017/18 season he celebrated four hundred appearances for Macc as well as seven hundred overall career appearances. 

At 38 years old, our Magic Man continues to defy the odds and was named in the 2018 Vanarama National Team of the Year after playing a crucial part in the heroics of last season. 

With his testimonial planned, Danny has shown no signs of slowing down and continues to impress home and away fans alike with his passion and energy.

 

Honourable mentions: Jimmy Adams, Percy Adams, Joe Anyon, Johnny Bailey, Graham Barnett, Tyrone Barnett, Brian Bithell, Ryan Boot, Mark Boyd, Jon Brain, Ian Brightwell, Trevor Brissett, Paul Broome, Scott Brown, Martin Bullock, Andy Carr, Matthew Carragher, David Carrick, Stuart Chapman, John Cooke, Jim Cooper, Teddy Critchley, Fred Crook, Dickie Cunliffe, Michael Curley, Sammy Dackins, Colin Daniels, Colin Davies, Jason Dawson, Freddie Donaldson, Derek Edge, Ian Elsby, Richard Eyre, Dennis Fidler, Peter Ford, Lee Glover, Fred Goodwin, Colin Grainger,  Tommy Greaves, Paul Harsley, Michael Husbands, Rae Ingram, Kingsley James, Bernard Jones, Harry Jones, Terry Lees, Craig Linfield, Paul Lodge, Harry Lovatt, John McCombe, Clayton McDonald, John McVickers, Jack Maddock, Guy Madjo, Stan March, Frank Marsh, George Millington, Richie Mitchell, Andy Oakes, William Pepper, Percy Pickford, George Pilkington, John Poole, Reg Potts, Eric Prince, Andy Proudlove, Dick Ray, Levi Reid, Frederick Ridgway, Jack Sherlock, Chris Shuker, John Simms, John ‘Jack’ Smith, Jeff Smith, Martyn Smith, Stan Smith, Akpo Sodje, William Spooner, George Stockton, Albert Titley, Derek Tomkinson, Stan Trafford, Donald Triner, Billy Twenlow, Steve Waddington, Richard Walker, Bob Whittingham, Tommy Widdrington, Michael Windsor, Frank Wintle, Adam Yates.


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