We continue our look back at the Silkmen stars of yesteryear by paying tribute to a striker who may not have been at the Moss Rose for a long period, but certainly played a crucial part in our illustrious history.
Roy started his career with Aston Villa, where he won two schoolboy caps for England against France and Belgium. Moving to Wolves in the late 1980’s, he never really made his mark and left football for a time to pursue other career paths.
The lure of the game perhaps became too much however, as he returned to it four years later when he joined Tamworth. Whilst with The Lambs, Roy won an FA Vase winners medal, before moving on - first to Atherstone and then to Telford United.
Over in Macclesfield, The Silkmen were languishing at the bottom of the Vauxhall Conference and were hampered with multiple injuries. Seven key players were sidelined and manager Peter Wragg was desperately trying to bring in some players to help the club survive the dreaded drop. The team were in dire straits and Wragg was quoted as saying the club were “cursed”, as nothing seemed to be going their way.
Having spotted the burly 6ft 2in striker playing for Telford, Wragg signed Roy just in time for him to make his debut away at Bath City on 6th March 1993. Macc had lost their last three away games and, with only twenty nine points from a possible eighty one, were desperate for a win. That wasn’t to come at Twerton Park however, with the game ending in a scoreless draw.
Fast forward to May 1st 1993. The final game of the 1992-93 season and Macc were away at Wycombe Wanderers. The Chairboys had already won the league and were planning a party to celebrate, watched by an anticipated crowd of over 5,500 fans.
Macc on the other hand, had gained only sixteen more points since Roy’s debut and were facing a must-win game in order to perform the "Great Escape" and avoid relegation. Things were certainly not looking good.
After giving the champion Chairboys a guard of honour onto the pitch, The Silkmen got down to the task at hand. With a few key players back from injury and nothing to lose, Macc started brightly and threw everything they had at Wycombe. Going into the break scoreless, the handful of faithful Macc fans crammed into a corner of Adams Park were praying for a minor miracle.
That miracle came in the 66th minute in the form of Roy Green. Winning the ball from a throw-in with his back to goal, the striker turned neatly and swept past three Wycombe defenders on a cross-field run into the 18 yard box. Swivelling ninety degrees, he let his left foot fly and fired low in to the corner of the net - sending the Silkmen fans, team and bench wild.
For anyone who made the long trip down to Buckinghamshire that day in 1993, the memory of the long thirty minutes until the end of the game will be etched in your minds to this day. But the players on the pitch held strong and the final whistle confirmed that Macc’s place in the highest tier of non-league football was secure.
The result was our first away win since October the previous year and in his report on the game a few days later, David Allaby, Sports Writer for the Macclesfield Express Advertiser, said “Former Wolves striker Roy Green’s first goal for Macclesfield will certainly go down as one of the most precious in the club’s long history”.
As it turned out, with both Farnborough and Runcorn losing that day, Macc finished fourth from bottom, prompting coach Paul Johnson to quip “What was all the fuss about? We’ve finished half way up the table!” But everyone involved at the club knew just how close the team had come from dropping out of the Conference that day.
Roy made only six more appearances for Macc, scoring twice in the first home game of the following season during the 4-3 win over Bromsgrove. He made his final appearance on November 20th 1993 against Slough, coming on as a substitute.
Leaving the Silkmen for pastures new in late 1993, it’s unfortunately not known where Roy moved to next. Peter Wragg departed shortly after the win at Wycombe and the appointment of Sammy McIlroy was then subsequently made - marking the start of a new era and arguably the most successful time in the club's history.
Although his time with Macclesfield Town was short, Roy Green will always be remembered for scoring that superb goal to keep us in the Vauxhall Conference.
It’s perhaps only looking back now that we realise how important that singular strike was. For that reason alone, Roy Green has certainly earned his rightful place in the Macclesfield Town history books and his name will always be a respected one within Silkmen folklore.