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My Greatest Silkmen XI: Will McGinnis

10 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 Will McGinnis selecting her best XI.

GOALKEEPER: JONNY BRAIN
 
Jonny was the first real 'keeper to make an impression on me and there is no doubt that on his day, he was one of the best shot-stoppers in the EFL.
 
There were times when he gave us a few heart-stopping moments of course, but overall I think that he deserves a place in my all-time greatest side.
 
In addition to this, I had massive respect for him after he fought his way back to fitness following his horrific leg break at Stockport County all those years ago.
 
 
DEFENDER: CARL TREMARCO
 
Carl was a defender who always gave his all for the cause.
 
He wore his heart on his sleeve and although he may not have been the most technically gifted, Carl made up for that with his passion for the game.
 
Similar to Danny Adams in terms of stature, nobody really got past Carl without one hell of a fight and it is for that reason that he makes my team.
 
 
DEFENDER: DAVID MORLEY
 
David was a true leader and a great skipper for us back in the day.
 
He was incredibly calm under pressure and nothing seemed to faze him out on the pitch.
 
David also gave us an additional threat in an offensive sense, as he was always liable to pop up with a goal when you least expected it.
 
 
DEFENDER: GEORGE PILKINGTON
 
The fact that so many people select George in their greatest teams is testament to what an absolute rock he was for us.
 
Consistency personified, George was a role mode both on and off the pitch, as his incredible positional sense and defiance rubbed off on everyone around him.
 
It was truly fitting that Pilks left here as a champion - he was just that in every sense of the word.
 
 
 
DEFENDER: KEITH LOWE
 
Anyone who plays every single minute in a side that wins the league deserves to be recognised and Keith is no exception.
 
His partnership with George Pilkington was one of the fundamental reasons why we re-gained our EFL status back in 2018 and his contribution will never be forgotten.
 
On his day, Keith was one of the finest defenders that I have ever seen at the Moss Rose and he would definitely be one of the first names in my team.
 
 
MIDFIELDER: DANNY WHITAKER
 
I have no doubt that Danny will be in every single team which is featured this season.
 
Quite simply, he is one of the best servants that this club has ever had and his passion for Macclesfield Town has undoubtedly influenced many people over the years.
 
Danny epitomised the "Against All Odds" mantra and you always knew that when he was in your team you stood a chance.
 
 
MIDFIELDER: HAMZA BENCHERIF
 
Hamza is one of the most under-rated players in recent years.
 
Physically imposing, Hamza really did put himself about during his time with us and proved to be an incredible midfielder on so many levels.
 
The Algerian had the ability to turn defence into offence almost instantly and scored some absolute crackers too!
 
 
 
MIDFIELDER: TERRY DUNFIELD
 
Terry remains one of my all-time favourite Silkmen players and easily made my squad.
 
The greatest quality that Terry possessed was tenacity - he would literally run through brick walls for the team and that showed every single week.
 
He was also a great lad off the pitch too and had a great rapport with the fans.
 
 
FORWARD: JON PARKIN
 
"The Beast" is another player who will probably feature fairly heavily in greatest sides this season.
 
Jon was a cult-hero here at the Moss Rose and used to score goals for fun.
 
There is no doubt in my mind that if Jon had stayed here for another season, then we would have been promoted to League One - he really was that good!
 
 
FORWARD: RICKY SAPPLETON
 
Ricky was much maligned here at the Moss Rose during his time with us, yet for me he was one of the most hard-working strikers that I have seen.
 
A big, powerful player, Ricky had the ability to unlock defences with his sheer size and in a similar manner to Jon Parkin, used his physicality to his advantage.
 
Ricky had the potential to go all the way in the game and if it wasn't for a series of injuries, may well have done just that.
 
 
 
FORWARD: MATTHEW TIPTON
 
Another cult-hero here at the Moss Rose, Tippy is an easy selection to round off my greatest Silkmen team.
 
Always capable of scoring flamboyant goals, Matthew also was keen to get his hands dirty and create chances for others.
 
With Matthew in your team, then you were always sure that goals would come!
 
 
Do you agree with Will''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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