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Silkmen A-Z: Jose Veiga

25 June 2019

We continue our look back at the Silkmen stars of yesteryear by featuring a popular goalkeeper who played over one hundred EFL games for the club.

Jose Manuel Monteiro da Veiga was born in Lisbon, Portugal in 1976. He began his football career with the illustrious Benfica, yet he never progressed past third choice 'keeper which he attained during the 1995-96 season. 

Moving to neighbouring side Alverca, he stayed with the Portuguese outfit for two seasons before moving to Spain to join Levante in the country’s third tier.

It was at Levante that Jose began to make an impact, rarely missing a game and helping the club to gain promotion. Staying at the Estadi Ciutat de Valencia for a total of three years, he helped the club maintain their second tier status before a short loan move to Real Valladoid in La Liga ensued. 

Moving back to Portugal, Jose then spent three years with Estrala da Amador. This included one season in the top flight, before he began to look for footballing opportunities further afield.

Veiga subsequently made the move over to England, training with Walsall and Bury before having trials with Tamworth in 2006. After waiting patiently for international clearance before he could kick a ball on English soil, he finally signed for the Conference side on 11th November 2006.

Despite Tamworth suffering relegation at the end of the 2006/07 season, Jose signed a one year contract extension in July 2007. Unfortunately, a dislocated shoulder scuppered his plans to push on with The Lambs and he was released by the Staffordshire club in the summer of 2008.

A move to the then League One side Hereford United quickly followed however, with Jose being signed as emergency cover at Edgar Street. He made one singular appearance for The Bulls, during the 4 - 2 defeat at Hartlepool United on 4th April 2009.

Another move was made shortly after, when Jose was offered a one-year contract with The Silkmen. Signed as backup to first choice goalkeeper Jon Brain, Veiga made only six appearances for the club during the 2009/10 season. 

However when Brain left for pastures new the following summer, Jose became first choice here at the Moss Rose. Earning his place as an ever present during the 2010/11 season, the likeable stopper kept ten clean sheets during that time.

Jose was the man entrusted between the posts again for the following season and he didn’t miss a game until February 2012, when he picked up an injury against Northampton Town. 

Reinstated to the starting line up at the end of March for the home game against Crewe Alexandra, he retained his spot until the end of the season. Making his one hundredth appearance for the Silkmen in the final game of the 2011/12 season against Southend, he was voted the club's Player of the Year - rounding off a successful season for the Portuguese shot stopper.

Although he had hardly put a foot (or glove) wrong, Jose’s contract was unfortunately not renewed and he left the Cheshire side in the summer of 2012, heading across the Pennines to join Harrogate Town. 

A year with the Yorkshire club followed before he returned to his former stomping ground at Tamworth. Struggling to regain the consistency he had shown at Macc, Jose then spent time at Worcester City, Nantwich Town, Redditch United, Russell Olympic and Hednesford Town before finally retiring in 2017, aged 41.

Alongside his club career, Jose turned out for national side Cape Verde on fourteen occasions between 2004 and 2007. A recall in May 2010 saw him face the mighty Portugal, although he remained on the bench for the historic 0 - 0 draw.

Jose will always be remembered as a superb shot-stopper during his time at the Macclesfield Town and although slight in stature, he commanded his area with consummate professionalism and authority. But more than all this, Jose will be remembered for his character and personality off the field which rendered him a true fans favourite during his time here at the Moss Rose.

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