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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Jon Smart

1 May 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.

In the next instalment,  Jon Smart picks his best XI -

GOALKEEPER: RHYS TAYLOR

In goal it was a three way choice between Alan Zelem, Rhys Taylor and Jonny Brain. Rhys Taylor wins it by a whisker.

Rhys was signed by Steve King in 2013 after having spent numerous years at Chelsea as a youngster. John Askey persuaded him to sign for two more seasons before he returned in 2018. His performance at Swindon in our opening League game last season was as good as any I’ve seen over the years.


DEFENDER: GEORGE PILKINGTON

Pilks was a hero in our promotion season of 2017/18, but it was his performances in the three previous seasons which won him the Supporters Player of The Year in all three of his first full seasons with the club.

He showed consummate professionalism during his time with us and was an easy choice to make.


DEFENDER: ELFYN EDWARDS

Almost an ever present in his seven seasons with the club. Inspirational and strong in the tackle, Elfyn was the first name on my teamsheet and captains the side.

Fitted in his football career alongside working full time as a fireman and never missed a game.

 

DEFENDER: MIKE HARDMAN

Another tough no nonsense defender.

Time may dim the memories, but the only others of recent years that I considered were Keith Lowe and Sean Hessey

 

DEFENDER: DAVID FITZPATRICK

We have been blessed with some decent left-backs over the years I've watched Macc but Mr Consistency is Fitzpatrick.

He rarely lets anyone down and who can forget the goal at Port Vale last season!


MIDFIELDER: JOHN ASKEY

Sir John was playing down the right wing in my early years but in my 4-4-2 formation with the two wide men getting forward.

John is down as a midfielder but with over one-hundred and fifty goals in around six-hundred and seventy games, there was always plenty of goals in him and there’s not many of my age who wouldn’t have him in their all-time favourite side.

 

MIDFIELDER: HAMZA BENCHERIF

Until his broken leg suffered at Rochdale in 2009, Hamza was always likely to go on to better things.

A goal-scoring midfielder who could tackle and play-make. Was never quite the same after his injury but still managed sixteen goals in sixty games for The Silkmen. My fondest memory being a right-foot volley at home to Port Vale, the second goal in a 2 - 0 win.

 

MIDFIELDER: DANNY WHITAKER

When Danny returned to the Moss in 2013 I felt it was to end his playing days with a couple of seasons at Macc. How wrong I was – instrumental with Danny Whitehead in running the midfield in the promotion season of 2017/18, I like many think Danny hung his boots up too soon.

I understand he would qualify as a home grown player and therefore could be on the bench every week this season without taking a place off anyone else.

 

MIDFIELDER: MARTIN BULLOCK

Could play on the left or right, so takes the left wing / midfield role. Martin scored twelve goals in two seasons in the mid 2000’s and always showed good quality over a five-hundred game career

FORWARD: STEVE BURR

I couldn’t leave out Burry – A fans favourite of the late 1980's and scored a magnificent hat trick against Third Division Rotherham in the Second Round of 1987 FA Cup which lost Rotherham manager Norman Hunter his job.

Scored over one-hundred and eighty goals, at better rate than a goal every other game for Macc.


FORWARD: TYRONE BARNETT

A raw striker who could head a ball better than anyone I've seen in a Macc shirt.

Scored on his debut at Stevenage and scored a beauty at Wycombe from distance in his first few games. Nine of his thirteen league goals in his one season were scored away from home, so may be the home fans didn’t see the best of him but gets into my team.

 

Do you agree with Jon's choices? Why not submit your all-time greatest Silkmen side by emailing press@mtfc.co.uk and we will feature yours in a future edition?


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