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Played For Both: Walsall

11 December 2019

A total of twenty-six players have represented Macclesfield Town and Walsall over the years and ahead of our scheduled trip down the M6 this Saturday, we delve into the archives to feature some of the most illustrious -
 
Colin Askey
 
Father of Silkmen legend "Sir" John Askey, Colin enjoyed a fruitful playing career of his own.
 
Signing for Port Vale shortly after the Second World War, Colin went on to make over two hundred appearances for The Valiants and starred in their FA Cup Fifth Round victory against Blackpool in February 1954.
 
The right-winger then moved to Walsall in 1958 and made eighty-three appearances for The Saddlers - helping them to promotion on two separate occasions in the process.
 
From there, Colin moved to Field Mill where he experienced promotion glory once again as he made thirty appearances for Mansfield Town, before turning out for Wellington Town and Stafford Rangers.
 
Colin signed for The Silkmen in February 1966 on a match-by-match basis and was to make three appearances in the hallowed blue shirt.
 
 
Jon Brain
 
Jon is another former Macclesfield and Walsall player who began his professional career at Vale Park.
 
After signing for The Valiants in the summer of 2003, Jon made sixty-nine appearances for the Burslem outfit before making the short move up to the Moss Rose three years later.
 
Just as he was beginning to really assert himself in the Silkmen squad, tragedy was to strike in November 2006 when he collided with Andrew Teague during a league match at Stockport County. Both players suffered broken legs and were ruled out for the remainder of the season.
 
Despite this, Jon fought his way back to full fitness and went on to make well over one hundred appearances for The Silkmen before moving to Walsall in the summer of 2010.
 
Jon spent twelve months with The Saddlers, before subsequent moves to Nantwich Town and Stafford Rangers respectively.
 
 
Kyle Lightbourne
 

Viewed as somewhat of a cult-hero here at the Moss Rose, Kyle began his football career at Pembroke Zebras in his native Bermuda.

A move to Scarborough ensued in December 1992 and it was from here that he was to join Walsall.

One hundred and sixty five appearances and sixty five goals later, Kyle was proving to be one of the hottest prospects outside the top flight and was to move to Coventry City for a reported £500,000 in the summer of 1997.

After finding first team appearances at Highfield Road hard to come by, Kyle enjoyed a brief loan spell at Fulham before making the move to Stoke City in February 1998.

As well as making over one hundred appearances for The Potters, Kyle also completed temporary spells at Swindon Town, Cardiff City and Hull City, before making the move to the Moss Rose in the summer of 2001.

Despite a debut season which was blighted through injury, the likeable Bermudan really found his feet in his second campaign where he really did adhere himself to the Silkmen faithful.

Kyle would make eighty appearances in the hallowed blue shirt - scoring seventeen times before his release in the summer of 2003.

Since then, Kyle has been installed as manager of the Bermudan national team on numerous occasions - a role he currently occupies.

 

Pedro Matias

Pedro embarked on his football career in the illustrious setting of the Bernabeu, as he spent six years with Spanish giants Real Madrid before making the move to Almeria and then onto Logrones.

The Spaniard represented his country at Under 21 level and signed for Sammy McIlroy's side in December 1998.

Making his debut on a dreary night at Bristol Rovers, Pedro warmed the hearts of the Silkmen faithful with his energetic bursts into the opponent's half which yielded an array of assists during his time with us.

Pedro signed for Tranmere Rovers in the summer of 1999, before moving to Walsall the following October where he made almost one hundred and fifty appearances for The Saddlers over a five year period.

Loan spells at Blackpool, Bristol Rovers and Kidderminster Harriers ensued, before Pedro returned to his homeland in 2005 to play for Gymnastic Segovia.

Since retiring from the playing side of the game in 2012,  Pedro has been Director of Football at CD Legates and a scout for Scottish giants, Glasgow Celtic.

 

Steve Waddington

Under the tutelage of his father Tony, Steve began his career at Stoke City where he signed his first professional contract in June 1973.

The tenacious midfielder went on to make fifty-two appearances for The Potters, before moving to Walsall in 1978 for a fee of £40,000.

One hundred and thirty appearances and thirteen goals later, Steve was on the move again as he joined Port Vale in August 1982 and then Chesterfield eleven months later.

Steve became a Silkman in the summer of 1984 and immediately cemented his place in our starting eleven with some committed and determined performances.

He was one of four players involved in a serious car accident at the beginning of the 1986/87 season and the cracked ribs sustained from it kept Steve out of the first three months of the campaign.

After overcoming his injuries, Steve returned to the side in exemplary form and played a crucial role in our historic treble-winning success.

Steve departed the Moss Rose in the aftermath of the celebrations and went on to enjoy spells at Winsford United, Leek Town, Rocester, Nantwich Town and South African side, Cape Town City.

 

Honourable mentions: Herbert Blackman, Ian Brightwell, Terry Carling, Joseph Freeman, Bill Guttridge, Michael Husbands, Zak Jules, Clayton McDonald, David McGuinness, Dwayne Mattis, Pablo Mills, Billy Myerscough, Richard O'Donnell, Andy Oakes, Marvin Robinson, Joe Rogers, Thomas Sawyer, Robert Scholes, Chris Shuker, Theo Vassell, Simon Wiles.


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