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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Andy Worth

6 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 SST Chairman Andy Worth selecting his best XI.

GOALKEEPER: RYAN PRICE

The incredibly charismatic, wholehearted and fearless ‘Pricey’ became a cult hero amongst the Silkmen faithful during his time with us in the glorious period under Sammy McIlroy in the mid to late 1990’s.

Ryan consistently produced assured displays between the sticks and could be always be relied upon to produce breathtaking saves when you least expected it.

I still wince when I recall the collision with Darren Tinson at Southport and giggle when I think of the picture that launched a cult fanzine in his honour!


DEFENDER: GEORGE ABBEY

Although injury tragically reduced Nigerian born George to far less appearances for the Silkmen than there should have been, George’s silky skills and attacking flair from the right-back berth always caught my eye.

George possessed some sublime passing ability for this level of football and I was so disappointed when George moved on to Port Vale during the summer of 2004.


DEFENDER: DAVID FITZPATRICK

The ever popular ‘Fitz’ has produced so many consistently good displays in his left-back berth that I have lost count of how many times I have voted for him at the end of season awards!

Fitz is a player whose performances rarely fall below the eight out of ten mark for yours truly and he is blessed with a sweet left peg as can be seen in his goals against Wrexham, Newcastle Under 21’s and who can forget that screamer against Port Vale at Vale Park last season that sent the noisy 700 Silkmen faithful into delirious ecstasy?


DEFENDER: DARREN TINSON

The heartthrob defender (aka Tarzan ) who regularly had female Silkmen fans swooning on and off the pitch was a tenacious, tough tackling defender who soon became a fans favourite for his consistent and commanding displays.

‘Tinno’ was so good during that spectacular golden age under Sammy McIlroy that he was able to amass over a quarter of a century of appearances for Macclesfield Town - where he still holds the impressive accolade of most appearances for the Silkmen in the Football League!


DEFENDER: GEORGE PILKINGTON

Quiet, unassuming and effortlessly classy; ‘Pilks’ became an instant fans favourite with his superb defensive displays.

So much was he universally adored by the Silkmen faithful, that the one and only John Askey described him as ‘a proper pro’ as he collected the Player of the Year award three times on the trot.

He always dedicated these two his team-mates, yet the regard which he was held in by us all was second to none.

 

DEFENDER: NEIL HOWARTH

Nelly Howarth was a solid no nonsense defender and the uncompromising Lancastrian proved to be an inspirational leader - captaining the Silkmen to two Vauxhall Conference titles as well as an FA Trophy victory over near neighbours Northwich Victoria.

His place in Silkmen folklore is unquestionable and he would be one of the first names on my teamsheet.

 

MIDFIELDER: CHRIS BYRNE

The enigmatic ‘Byrney’ was one of the most naturally gifted players I have ever seen play for the Silkmen.

His hat trick on that historic day in 1997 at Kettering Town; was one of the most perfect you could ever hope to witness.

Despite a big money move to Sunderland Chris' career never reached the heights his undoubted ability vibrantly promised.

 

MIDFIELDER: DANNY WHITAKER

One of the all-time Silkmen greats in my opinion and truly deserving of legendary status.

A consummate professional on and off the field, the Wilmslow Pele consistently demonstrated evidence of his unerring ability as an all-action, skilful, attacking midfielder with an eye for goal.

Danny became a huge fans favourite and (much like ‘Sir’ John Askey) Danny’s name has been chanted consistently at home and away games by the adoring Silkmen faithful.

 

MIDFIELDER: STEVE WOOD

The irrepressible and immensely likeable ‘Woody’ may not have possessed the silky skills of a Whitaker or Byrne, but his incredible passion, energy and enthusiasm in the midfield engine room made the former JCB driver a huge fans favourite during his time at the Moss Rose.

‘Woody’s’ winner (and subsequent celebrations with the team and the delirious Silkmen faithful) in the dying embers of that epic game against Stevenage Borough back in March 1997 will forever be etched in my memory!

 

FORWARD: ‘SIR’ JOHN ASKEY:

In my humble opinion, the greatest Silkman of all time.

‘Sir’ John was a skilful forward with an eye for goal, whose association with the Silkmen began as long ago as December 1984!

I consider it a honour and privilege that I witnessed both John’s first and last appearances in the blue and white of my beloved Silkmen, where he so fittingly scored against Rochdale on May 3rd 2003 to send the Moss Rose into apoplexy.


FORWARD: STEVE BURR

The one and only ‘Burry’ was one of the most prolific and naturally gifted strikers I have ever seen in all my fifty odd years watching the Silkmen.

It really seemed like the guy could score from anywhere and in whatever way he wanted.

I will never forget watching Burrie’s winning goal with my beloved old man Jimmy against Maidstone in our first-ever Vauxhall Conference game against Maidstone United, not to mention that incredible hat trick against Rotherham United in the third round of the FA Cup during the 1987 / 88 season that cost Norman ‘bites yer legs’ Hunter his job!

Another true Silkmen legend!


Do you agree with Andy'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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