Ahead of our first home game of the new season, we take a look back at those players who have played for both The Silkmen and for Saturday’s opponents, Leyton Orient. Due to the distance between the two clubs, it’s perhaps unsurprising that there are only nine players who have shared the honour...
Macclesfield-born Shaun started his footballing journey as a 13 year old in the Silkmen youth outfit. Having impressed new manager Keith Alexander, he was granted his first professional contract in 2008 at the age of 18, making his debut against Notts County. A tall and strong central defender, he was versatile and was called upon to cover at right back and right wing back. He was a regular name on the team sheet, with only a hip problem keeping him out of the team.
After 4 years in the first team, Shaun was snapped up by Championship side Peterborough United. He remained with The Posh for 4 years but only made 67 appearances, spending much of his time out on loan. One of these loan moves was to Leyton Orient, where he made 15 appearances and scored 1 goal in 2016.
Shaun was released by relegated side Notts County this summer, having spent 2 years with the Midlands club.
Current Forest Green Rovers boss Mark had a long footballing career before making the move into management. Starting out with Bristol Rovers in the late 1980's but never making an appearance, he moved around a few clubs looking for somewhere to settle. Short stops at Exeter, Birmingham, Fulham and Wycombe followed before he ended up at Hartlepool in 1996. It was while he was with the North East club that he came to Macclesfield, making just 8 appearances as a loan player in 1997.
Released by Hartlepool in the summer of 1997, Mark then made the journey south to join Leyton Orient. Chances were few and far between however, and he left Brisbane Road after making only 1 appearance. He had short spells with Rushden & Diamonds and Hednesford before joining Forest Green in 2001. He moved to Tamworth the following year and it was here he made the most appearances, notching up just over 100, as well as gaining his first taste of management in 2004.
Mark has been the manager of Forest Green Rovers since 2016.
Kurdish goalkeeper Shwan grew up in Hastings and made his senior debut for his hometown team while still a teenager. Gaining the attention of a number of big clubs, he played for Bournemouth for 6 years after a successful loan spell in 2008.
It was whilst at Bournemouth that Shwan went out on loan to Leyton Orient in 2014. He made just 2 appearances for the O’s before returning to his parent club. After short stints with Bury and Northampton, Shwan moved to Macclesfield in August 2015 and went straight into the side. He quickly became first choice keeper and kept 14 clean sheets, although a training ground injury ended his season early in April 2016.
Shwan left Macc that summer to join Wrexham, but returned in for the 2017/18 season and became a key part of our championship winning side. With 18 clean sheets and some spectacular saves, he earned himself a deserved place in the National League Team of the Season. He left the Moss Rose in the summer of 2018 and is currently with Chesterfield in the National League.
Six-foot midfielder Luke began his career with Plymouth Argyle, earning a professional contract in 2005 aged 18. His career started brightly, with manager Ian Holloway praising his “fine touch” and talent. In 2007 he was named by The Guardian in the 10 best prospects to watch out for.
It was during his time with Plymouth that Luke spent a short time out on loan with Leyton Orient. Initially joining for a 1 month, he ended up staying for 3 and made a total of 14 appearances.
Luke eventually left Plymouth in 2011, moving first to Cheltenham Town and then on to Shrewsbury, York and Grimsby. It was whilst at Grimsby that he came to the Moss Rose on loan, making 18 appearances and scoring a number of important goals, the most memorable in the FA Trophy match against Dulwich Hamlet where he found the net twice. Although he had impressed all round at Macclesfield he returned to Grimsby in the summer of 2017 and was released. He is currently plying his trade with Wrexham.
Michael started out at Everton, partnering future England star Wayne Rooney up front in the youth team. While Wayne was to be thrust into the limelight shortly after, Michael’s career took a different path and he joined Bradford City in 2004 after failing to break into the Everton first team.
It was during his time at Bradford that Michael first came to Macclesfield on loan in 2006. Unfortunately injury stopped him making an appearance and he returned to Bradford before joining Shrewsbury on a permanent deal. A second loan spell to The Silkmen followed which was more successful with 14 appearances and a brilliant 35 yard volley against MK Dons.
Loan spells at Bournemouth and Accrington followed before Michael was released by Shrewsbury. He went on to sign permanent deals with both Bournemouth and Accrington. He then joined Leyton Orient in 2012 but made only 13 appearances before leaving to join Burton in 2013.
Honourable mentions: Michael Bakare, Johnny Gorman, Junior Konadu-Yiadom, H.A. Lappin