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Silkmen A-Z: Steve Burr

24 May 2019

The school playgrounds of Macclesfield during the mid to late 1980s were littered with youngsters trying to emulate one man - the most feared striker in non-league football by a country mile and his name of course, was Steve Burr.

Steve epitomised everything which continues to define our club today. He played with passion, defiance and tenacity every single week and coupled with this, he also was blessed with an eye for goal which is seldom seen at any level of the game.

Burr signed for the club back in 1984 and made his debut when Marine visited the Moss Rose on 18th August of that year.

Over 350 appearances and 180 goals later, Steve vibrantly retains his nickname of "The Legend" to this day.

Nobody has scored more goals for Macclesfield Town than Steve and he was the club's top-scorer in six of his seven seasons at the Moss Rose - which included a phenomenal 35 goal tally during the 1987-88 season.

Steve was an integral part of our Northern Premier League treble winning side of 1987 and towards the end of that season, he juggled playing football most nights with 5 am shifts as a lorry driver!

What kept Steve going though was an unshakeable will to win and a drive to do everything he could for the club he loved as his own.

Steve tore up the record books on numerous occasions - not least when he scored Macc's first ever goal in the Vauxhall Conference against Maidstone United in 1987.

He also revelled in facing higher league opposition and this was exemplified during our captivating FA Cup run in 1987/88.

After a successful qualifying campaign, Steve found the back of the net in the First Round Proper when Carlisle United were disposed of at the Moss Rose and went on to claim a memorable hat-trick against Rotherham United in the Second Round.

The goals kept on coming with incredible regularity and as such, scouts from the country's elite clubs were sent to the Moss Rose to run their eye over our priceless asset.

Priceless was exactly what Steve proved to be too - as a move to Bolton Wanderers was rejected in favour of remaining in his beloved blue Silkmen shirt.

After a sensational career, Steve emotionally left the Moss Rose in 1991, when he was sold to Hednesford Town for a fee of £12,000.

Steve admits himself that tears were shed that day, as an incredible era came to an end.

Our iconic number ten briefly came back to the club during the 1995-96 season, yet found First Team opportunities more difficult to come by.

A player so well thought of and respected throughout the game is prime managerial material and after hanging up his prolific boots, Steve took the reigns at Nuneaton Borough.

Spells at Hucknall Town, Northwich Victoria, Stalybridge Celtic and Kidderminster Harriers followed, before Steve was appointed as Chester's Manager in January 2014.

Two years later, Steve joined Southport before returning to Stalybridge and then re-joining Stafford Rangers last May.

As well as ascending to the managerial hot-seat at Marsden Road, Steve also had the honour of being the England C team's Assistant Manager in what was an incredibly well-deserved accolade.

Steve retired from the managerial side of the game earlier in the year, yet has recently been unveiled as Assistant Manager at Midland League Premier Division side Long Eaton United.

Despite all of this however, when you speak to Steve there is only one part of his career which still elicits so much pride and emotion - his time at Macclesfield Town.

Steve will always be a legend here at the Moss Rose - not just because of his plethora of goals, but also due to his unquestionable devotion to a club he gave so much to.


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