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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Caroline Harrop

3 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. Our feature continues with devoted fan Caroline Harrop selecting her best XI.

GOALKEEPER: RYAN PRICE
 
An integral part of our glorious GM Vauxhall Conference championship side of 1997. 
 
A giant of a man who made the goals look small, yet had the loveable personality of a young boy!
 
I will never forget him orchestrating the Star Lane End singing - that summed that magnificent team up and the relationship that we had with them.
 
 
DEFENDER: DARREN TINSON
 
A commanding presence within our defensive line, Darren almost instantly became a fans favourite after signing from Northwich Victoria.
 
He made defending look easy and he certainly gave his all every single game.
 
It is no co-incidence that Darren became our all-time record EFL appearance holder - it is tribute to the colossal figure that he was for us over so many years.
 
 
DEFENDER: NEIL HOWARTH
 
Personally, Neil is my favourite Silkmen player of all-time. He led that glorious side in the mid 1990's with such authority, it is hard to think of anyone else who gets near him.
 
Neil also popped up with his fair share of goals too and I remember quite a few late strikes of his which proved to be crucial ones.
 
"Nelly" is unquestionably a club legend and will be just that forevermore.
 
 
DEFENDER: GEORGE PILKINGTON
 
A real, unassuming professional. 
 
A no-nonsense defender who’s ability to read the game ensured that he always in the right position. 
 
Retiring as a champion was a fitting end to his long playing career and he will always be held in the highest regard here at the Moss Rose.
 
 
 
DEFENDER: DAVID FITZPATRICK
 
When David made the move to the Moss Rose from Southport, I don't think that anyone could have predicted what was to follow.
 
He cemented his place in the side and then went on to keep it due to consistency which is rarely seen at any level.
 
A crucial part of our National League winning side of 2018, Fitzy is still a valued member of the team and he has even taken to scoring screamers recently!
 
 
MIDFIELDER: DANNY WHITAKER
 
What can be said about Danny that has not been said a million times before?
 
Not only does he fully deserve his title of our eternal Magic Man, he has also always been the perfect role model for anyone wanting to be a professional footballer.
 
His passion for the game and for Macclesfield Town is infectious and there is no doubt that Danny has been one of the most talented players to have ever graced the hallowed Moss Rose pitch.
 
 
MIDFIELDER: NEIL SORVEL
 
Quite possibly the most under-rated player in our history in my opinion.
 
In a side full of stars, Neil got on with his job in such an unassuming manner it was easy to not fully appreciate the impact he had.
 
A tenacious midfield general, Neil epitomised the against all odds mantra which characterised so much of Sammy McIlroy's reign at the club.
 
 
 
MIDFIELDER: JOHN ASKEY
 
Long before John moved into a more central role, he was one of the most feared wingers outside the Football League.
 
With an immense amount of speed and a deft turn of pace, John mesmerised us all time and time again.
 
As a kid who was growing up when John was in his prime, there is no doubt that he was one of my idols and he would be one of the first names in my team.
 
 
MIDFIELDER: TONY HEMMINGS
 
Although Tony only spent a relatively short time at the Moss Rose, it was certainly an illustrious one.
 
My over-riding memories of him are as a player who revelled in taking people on at every given opportunity.
 
He also tended to be someone who you could rely on during the big games and his memorable goal in the 1996 FA Umbro Trophy Final proved just that.
 
 
FORWARD: JON PARKIN
 
Affectionally known as "The Beast", Jon wasn’t your typical footballer - but in many ways, that was what adhered him to us all
 
We all admired the fact that he could seemingly go out for a session on a Friday night, nail a kebab off and then still find the back of the net the following afternoon!
 
It was a shame when he left for Hull - if he had stayed then I am convinced that we would have achieved promotion to League One.
 
 
 
 
FORWARD: STEVE BURR
 
Undeniably the best striker that this club has ever seen, or likely to see.
 
It wasn't just Steve's record amount of goals, it was the manner of them which made him a true legend. 
 
Steve could create a goal out of nothing and did so time and time again - it was an absolute no brainer to include him in my greatest Silkmen side.

 

Do you agree with Caroline'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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