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Who Are Our 1970 FA Trophy Winning Heroes?

2 May 2020

Fifty years ago today, Macclesfield Town became the first-ever side to lift the FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium as we secured a 2 - 0 victory over Telford United.

Here is a rundown of our blue and white clad heroes who wrote another illustrious page in our history that day -

John Cooke (Goalkeeper)

A colossal figure in between 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.

 

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 Athletic, Tranmere Rovers 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.

 

John Bennett (Full Back)

The former Liverpool apprentice moved to the Moss Rose in the summer of 1969, following a spell at Chester.

He proved himself to be a outstanding full back, with an incredible turn of pace.

John's dedication to the cause was immense and he would make well over one-hundred appearances for the club before signing for Stalybridge Celtic in 1972.

 

Frank Beaumont (Wing Half)

Frank was one of an influx of signings during summer of 1966, after previously enjoying 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.

 

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.

 

Dave Roberts (Wing Half)

Hailing from the Potteries, Dave began his career at Anfield before making the short move across Liverpool to join 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.

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 in September 1968. 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.

 

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 was a potent offensive force and was a regular on the scoresheet.

 

Dick Young (Centre Forward)

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

Dick was a prolific goalscorer as well as being a well-liked member of the Silkmen squad.

 

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 .

 

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 goals with consummate ease throughout his time at the club.


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