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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Matt Todd

27 April 2020

Throughout the years, Macclesfield Town have been blessed with an array of phenomenal players and we are now asking you to name your greatest-ever Silkmen side.

To kick us off, Matt Todd selects his best XI - 
 

GOALKEEPER: RYAN PRICE

A consistent presence between the sticks for Macc, as we won promotion into the Football League for the first time back in 1997.

A giant of a man who seemed to fill the goal!

 

DEFENDER: GEORGE PILKINGTON

Pilks was a real old school defender, he kept things simple but was extremely effective.

He wasn’t particularly tall, or particularly fast, but he read the game so well and never seemed to get caught out of position

 

DEFENDER: DAVID FITZPATRICK

A very assured left-back who was consistently brilliant in the National League for Macc.

It took him a while to adjust to League Two, but showed his class at times last season and scored that vital goal at Vale.

 

DEFENDER: DARREN TINSON

A solid defender who seemed to play every minute of every game.

Very reliable and brave in the challenge, Tinno was always a favourite with the Moss Rose faithful

 


DEFENDER: NEIL HOWARTH

Skipper of the most successful side in Macc’s history with two Conference titles, an FA Trophy win and promotion from Division Three.

Neil was a commanding presence at the back and a strong leader.

 

MIDFIELDER: DANNY WHITAKER

The word legend gets banded about too easily in football these days, but Danny truly deserves the accolade.

Although not physically imposing, a young Danny Whitaker quickly showed his class and earned his move to a higher level.

When he came back to Macc, people expected him to play for a season or two, but he managed six!

 

MIDFIELDER: CHRIS BYRNE

An exceptionally talented midfielder, who at times looked a level above everyone else on the pitch.

He scored a famous hat-trick against Kettering and often ran the midfield for Macc - but never truly fulfilled his potential.

 

MIDFIELDER: STEVE WOOD

Another vital cog in our Conference winning teams of the mid-1990's, Woody was a hardworking midfielder who popped up with the odd goal or two.

It was a shame he came into the professional game so late, or he would have played at a much higher level.

 

 

FORWARD: JON PARKIN

"The Beast” salvaged his career at Macc after arriving as an out of favour and out of shape central-defender from York.

He left as a cult hero and went on to have an incredibly successful career at a much higher level.

 

FORWARD: JOHN ASKEY

What can you say? Sir John was a stalwart during his time as a player with over six hundred appearances for Macc over nineteen seasons.

He then excelled as our manager, achieving a return to the Football League in 2018 - after going close on several occasions prior to this.

 

FORWARD: RICKIE LAMBERT

We may not have seen his peak years at the Moss, but Ricky’s potential was clear.

A cannonball of a shot and a striker’s instinct gave him a career at the top level and led to multiple caps for England.


Do you agree with Matt's choices? Why not submit your all-time greatest Silkmen side by emailing press@mtfc.co.uk and we will feature yours on our site.


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