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Who Were Our 1969 Northern Premier League Heroes?

16 May 2019

Throughout the week, we have been marking the fiftieth anniversary of our inaugural Northern Premier League success and we continue this by taking a look at at heroes who played their part in writing a memorable chapter of our history -

 

Frank Beaumont (Wing Half)

Frank was another player to join the club in the summer of 1966, after an illustrious career in the Football League with the likes of Barnsley, Bury and Stockport County.

Beaumont was regarded as the backbone of the side and wore his heart on his sleeve in every game he played.

A real fans favourite and a player with undoubted natural talent, Frank took over the Player / Manager role at the start of the 1968/9 season.

 

Dave Berry (Full Back)

Signed in the summer of 1967, "Chopper" became an instant hit with the Silkmen faithful and adhered himself to our rank and file with some tenacious and defiant performances.

Also nicknamed "Ginger" due to his iconic red hair, Dave was presented with the Sportsman of the Year award in 1968 and could often be seen spear-heading Silkmen attacks despite his position within the defence.

 

John Clay (Winger)

John spent six years at Maine Road with Manchester City, before he was released by the club in 1968.

The classy winger then decided to take the novel step of advertising his services in a local newspaper - in a bid to find a new club ahead of the 1968/9 season.

This is the point where The Silkmen were made aware of his availability and John went on to score on his debut against Hyde United the following August.

John went on to repay the faith that was shown in him by amassing a total of twenty-two goals during that memorable season and played a crucial role in our success.

 

John Collins (Full Back / Centre Half)

John played with Frank Beaumont at Edgeley Park, after starting his career at Blackburn Rovers.

He came to the club as a full back, yet despite the fact that John was only 5 foot 10″ moved into the position of centre-half.

A gutsy and determined defender, John was another strong, no nonsense character within the Silkmen rearguard.

 

John Cooke (Goalkeeper)

A colossal figure inbetween the posts, John was a brave and respected ‘keeper whose agility defied his intimidating size.

Having the best reflexes of any goalkeeper within the world of non-league football at the time, John was awarded the “Sportsman of the Year” award in 1967 –  which was just reward for a series of fabulous performances.

A former England trialist and Port Vale youth player, John showed an incredible amount of loyalty to the Silkmen, as he turned down several lucrative offers from Football League clubs as he juggled his illustrious Macc career with that of being a plastering contractor in the Potteries.

 

Merrick Corfield (Forward)

Merrick was an innovative and skilful forward who possessed an incredible engine which drove him forward in a seemingly relentless manner.

A true fans favourite, Merrick made his debut for the club in December 1967 and would go on to make over two hundred and fifty appearances in royal blue - fifty-seven of which came within our historic NPL title-winning season.

 

Brian Fidler (Centre Forward)

Brian is one of the most iconic players to have ever worn the royal blue of Macclesfield Town and remains a much loved figure around the Moss Rose.

Fidler was a showman of epic proportions, who captivated his audience with sensational performances which left the Moss Rose faithful begging for more.

Brian signed for the club from Heanor Town and instantly became a fans favourite.

He instilled fear in all of his opponents and scored fourteen goals in our title-winning season.

 

Dennis Fidler (Winger)

Dennis made his Macclesfield Town debut towards the end of the 1967/8 season during an away match at arch-rivals, Altrincham.

Beforehand, he had enjoyed an illustrious career which began in the youth ranks at Manchester United.

Spells at Manchester United, Port Vale, Grimsby Town and Port Vale ensued, before Darlington paid £3,500 for his services in 1967.

A winger who boasted a deft turn of pace and a real eye for goal, Dennis hit the back of the net fourteen times during our historic Northern Premier League title-winning season.

 

George Forrester (Full Back)

George was a true leader on the pitch and his no nonsense demeanour was revelled in by his army of followers.

After spells at Sunderland and a variety of clubs north of the border, George signed for Accrington Stanley in 1960.

A motor engineer by trade, George signed on at the Moss Rose prior to the start of the 1966/7 season and would see out the rest of his career at the club until he retired during the summer of 1969.

 

Dave Lyon (Winger)

Enjoying his first of three stints at the Moss Rose, Dave amassed twenty-eight appearances for the club during our title-winning season.

Having made his debut for the club at Runcorn the previous September, the former Bolton Wanderers and Bury winger soon found his feet within our illustrious side and would become renowned for his incredible desire and work-rate.

 

George Sievwright (Full Back)

Much loved defender, who was a tenacious player on the field as well as being a real fans favourite off it.

A devoted Scotsman, George began his career with hometown side Dundee United, before enjoying spells at Oldham, Tranmere and Rochdale.

The Silkmen acquired George's services in the summer of 1966 and he went on to make well over 250 appearances for the club.

 

Dave Roberts (Wing Half)

Hailing from the Potteries, Dave began his career at Anfield before making the short move to Tranmere Rovers.

He signed for Macclesfield Town in the summer of 1968 from Northern Premier League rivals Wigan Athletic and was renowned as a hard-working and highly consistent member of the Silkmen squad.

 

Dick Young (Centre Forward)

An aircraft worker by trade, Dick has spells at Newcastle United, Grimsby Town, Stockport and Bangor before making his debut for the Silkmen back in 1967.

Dick was a prolific goalscorer who found the back of the net on twenty-nine occasions during the 1968/9 season, as well as being a well-liked member of the Silkmen squad.

 

Check back on Saturday, when we will be publishing a conversation between one of our greatest showmen Brian Fidler and Life President Geoff Findlow.

 


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