Club Connections - Woking

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Thu 29 Mar 2018

Macclesfield Town travel to Woking tomorrow looking to extend their lead at the top of the National League table. Below, we take a look at some of the names to have turned out for both clubs.

Shwan Jalal

Club captain, Jalal, has been a big influence on The Silkmen’s drive towards The Football League this campaign. Several instrumental displays and his visible leadership qualities continue to be evident as the final seven games approach.

This is his second spell as a Macclesfield Town player, having previously represented the club back in the 2015-16 season. However, earlier in his playing days (04-07), he turned out for Friday’s opponents, Woking.

After joining the club from Tottenham, Jalal went on to gain a reputation as one of the best goalkeepers in the lower leagues before moving on to Bournemouth.

After six years, nearly 150 appearances and two loan spells later, he would move on to Bury and Northampton before linking up with John Askey in the summer of 2015.

Anthony McNamee

33-year-old McNamee has been without a club since leaving Woking in the summer of 2014, but before that, he’d experienced an up and down career in both the second and third tiers.

He began his career at Watford, where he made close to 100 appearances, before moving on to Swindon Town in 2008.

From there, he joined Norwich and was part of the team that won promotion to the Premier League under Paul Lambert in 2011. However, he would depart ‘The Canaries’ after finding himself out of favour.

After a spell at MK Dons, and time on loan at Wycombe, he was brought to Moss Rose by Steve King in the summer of 2012. Although he would make five appearances for The Silkmen, he was allowed to leave the club to join Aldershot towards the end of the same season.

After leaving Aldershot to join our next opponents, he was subsequently released in 2014.

Kieran Murtagh

Murtagh turns out for promotion challengers, Boreham Wood, these days, but earlier in his career, he turned out for both clubs at this level.

He first joined Woking on a loan deal from Cambridge United until the end of the 2011-12 season but opted against a permanent move to The Kingfield Stadium in favour of joining Steve King’s new look Silkmen squad in 2012.

An impressive season at Moss Rose paved the way for him to join Mansfield Town the following summer. However, the move proved to be an unsuccessful one and he again re-joined Woking on loan until the end of the season.

After joining them permanently in the summer of 2014, he spent three seasons at the club before leaving for Meadow Park last summer.

By Steven Dale.

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