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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Ellie Thomason

29 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. Our feature continues with devoted fan Ellie Thomason selecting her best XI.

Goalkeeper: Kieran O’Hara

I know he was only here for one season but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a keeper of his quality at the Moss before. I’m certain we wouldn’t have stayed in the league last season if it wasn’t for him and it’s no coincidence he won all three player of the season awards. We just won’t mention that night against West Ham…

Defender: George Abbey

When I first started watching Macc, Abbey was one of the stand-out players. He always gave 100% and was never afraid to get stuck in. He was solid at the back and was always so energetic and enthusiastic and was great with the fans.

Defender: George Pilkington

Where do you start? Mr Reliable and a proper legend. You always seemed to notice him more when he didn’t play because without him, we looked so much weaker. Would loved to have seen him in his prime because the amount of diving tackles he put in at his age was ridiculous. I always thought he retired too early and had a few years left in him, but for him to leave after our promotion seemed the perfect way to leave as a Silkmen legend.

Defender: Kevin McIntyre

Hard as nails, you wouldn’t mess with Kevin McIntyre. He was solid when he slotted in at left-back but always remember him being rapid going forward too and whipping in the crosses for big Jon Parkin. Played a huge part in us reaching the play-offs under Brian Horton.

Defender: Darren Tinson

Tinson joined Macc when I was only two years old but quickly became one of my heroes. He was an absolute giant at the back and became the first player to reach 100 Football League appearances for us. Over the years he definitely earned the title of a true Silkmen legend.

Midfielder: Mitch Hancox

What a character. On and off the pitch Mitch had a huge presence and was the life and soul of our promotion-winning side. I don’t know where that hat-trick away at Halifax on New Year’s Day came from but you love to see it! Was gutted we never got to see him play for us back in the EFL.

Midfielder: Danny Whitaker

Mr Macc. You could always rely on him to produce the goods when we needed them most. A true legend of the club who is adored by everyone. Another player who probably still had a couple of years left in the tank but hopefully he stays at the club in some sort of capacity for many years to come.

Midfielder: Paul Harsley

Whenever he played, Paul Harsley always seemed to have a smile on his face. Him and Graham Potter formed the backbone of our play-off semi-finalists in 2004/05 and I thought we’d make it to the final when popped up with that goal against Lincoln. I always remember him popping up with sensational goals when you least expected it.

Forward: Jon Parkin

“Feed the beast and he will score!” A cult hero. They just don’t make them like him anymore.  You wouldn’t think it by looking at him, but Parkin was one of the best strikers we’ve had and I was heartbroken when he left for Hull. Even if he did break our hearts at Wembley when he scored the winner for York, he’s still one of my all-time favourite players and one of the funniest men I’ve ever met.

Forward: Matthew Tipton

Quick, skilful and a nightmare for any defence to play against. He always looked like scoring and if not he was always causing problems. Him and Jon Parkin were a force to be reckoned with and were the most prolific pair we’ve seen up front. They didn’t call him the Welsh Ronaldo for nothing!

Forward: Martin Gritton

Another old-school striker and one of football’s true journeymen. His strike partnership with Franny Green was one of my favourites and I’ll always remember that Friday night away at Port Vale in the FA Cup when it was so foggy we couldn’t see the goal at the other end. Gritton emerged through the fog with Green on his back and that was the only way we knew we’d scored.

 

Do you agree with Ellie'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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