After the Silkmen’s victory over Guiseley in the Vanarama National League, the squad swiftly turn their attentions to Saturday’s top of the table clash with Aldershot Town.
We at www.mtfc.co.uk have scoured the Macclesfield Town archives and found 5 players that have played for both The Shots and The Silkmen.
Barnes-Homer is a stiker that needs no introduction to Macclesfield Town fans. The Journeyman striker didn’t just appear for the Silkmen in the club’s famous 2012/13 FA Cup run, he played the starring role. His last gasp penalty completed his brace in a game that will live long in the memory, helping the team come from 1-0 down to complete the giant killing.
He spent more than one spell at Moss Rose and scored 27 goals in the blue and white.
With Aldershot Barnes-Homer had less success. He first signed for the Shots in the early stages of his career and only went on to make 2 appearances for the club in 2004. However, he would have another chance to impress with the Hampshire club later in his career as he made the direct switch from Macclesfield straight to Aldershot in 2015.
He made 15 appearances in his second spell with the club before moving on loan to Kidderminster Harriers and onto pastures new.
The midfielder started his career in Wales with Newport County but after a spell with Luton Town he made the loan switch to Aldershot. However, he failed to make an impact with the Shots in his time with the club and when he eventually left the club he made the move to Cheshire to join the squad here at Moss Rose in 2012.
He made a bigger impact with the Silkmen in opposition to his Aldershot days and ran out 11 times in the blue and white.
This former Manchester City academy graduate will be remembered fondly by both Silkmen and Shots fans.
In June 2007 the midfielder made the move to Aldershot after impressing at Altrincham and his first season with his new club couldn’t have gone much better. An ever-present in the side he played a pivotal part in the clubs 2008 Conference title winning campaign. On top of that the midfielder was placed into the leagues Team of the year.
In 2010 Chalmers made the switch back up north to join Macc and in a spell which was blighted by injury he clocked an impressive 50 appearances with the Silkmen, with 5 goals. He left the club after relegation in 2012 but returned very briefly the following year.
The ex-Premier League midfielder tasted success in his career. Most Notably with the likes of Norwich City, where he helped the Canaries return to the dizzy heights of the Premier League.
However, he didn’t enjoy the same amount of success as he did at Carrow Road with Macclesfield and Aldershot.
In his time at Moss Rose, the midfielder made only 4 appearances and made the move to Saturday’s visitors the next season where he made only one solitary substitute appearance.
One of the stories of this season has been Shrewsbury Town’s unexpected title charge under manager Paul Hurst. The club have been towards the top of League One since the opening day and Payne has been the main man up top scoring the goals.
Payne also ran out for both Macc and Aldershot in the early days of his career.
Surprisingly the striker only made one substitute appearance for both sides in his time with each club.
His game for Macc came in a Tuesday night match against Dartford on the 15th January 2013, where he replaced Amari Morgan-Smith. Whereas at Aldershot his solitary appearance was in a 2-1 victory away at Wimbledon where he replaced Adam Mekki in 2012.
By Andrew Gate