Five Deadline Day Deals For The Silkmen

Macclesfield Town
Posted:Wed 31 Jan 2018

Deadline Day has become an increasingly celebrated day in today’s football calendar. Television and radio stations fill the airwaves with rumours of big money signings and expert opinions on clubs’ latest recruits.

But how active have the Silkmen been on deadline day through the years?

We take a trip down memory lane and look at five previous deadline day signings.

Waide Fairhurst (Loan) – Lincoln City to Macclesfield, 31st January 2014

Waide Fairhurst is someone that needs no introduction to Macclesfield Town fans. With one stint at the club under his belt already, he returned to Moss Rose on deadline day in a loan move from Sincil Bank.

The forward then went on to make the move a permanent one in the summer. One moment the Silkmen faithful will remember him by was his incredible strike away at Kidderminster Harriers. The ball fell to the number 10 at the halfway line and his first-time volley evaded everyone and flew into the net.

Where is he now?

After Macclesfield, Fairhurst joined Torquay United for a season but after a lack of games then moved back up north to FC Halifax Town. The forward is currently at Brighouse Town in the Evo-Stick North division.

Rhys Taylor – Preston North End to Macclesfield, 31st January 2013

Goalkeeper Rhys Taylor was added to the squads ranks on the last day of the January window in 2013 and he went on to have a very successful stint at Moss Rose.

The former Chelsea youth product made over 100 appearances at Moss Rose whilst in between the sticks as he nailed down his place as number 1 goalkeeper. At the end of the 2012/13 season, Taylor once again put pen to paper to extend his stay at the club for another year.

Where is he now?

After Macclesfield, Taylor moved to Newport County but after making only one appearance in the side he was sent on loan to Wrexham. He then signed for AFC Fylde in 2016 and was part of the side that won the Vanarama National League North title. He is now currently at Tranmere Rovers on loan from parent club Fylde.

Amari Morgan-Smith – Luton Town to Macclesfield, 31st August 2012

A product of Crew Alexandra’s youth system, Morgan-Smith joined the Silkmen from Kenilworth Road on the last day of the summer transfer window.  

However, his spell at Moss Rose didn’t go as smoothly as hoped, scoring just four goals in twenty-four appearances. Steve King was the manager who brought him to the club at the time, but the striker couldn’t consistently find the back of the net. Arguably his best moment in a Macclesfield shirt came away at Telford in the league, where his brace were the only goals in a 0-2 win.

Where is he now?

After leaving Moss Rose the striker went on to play for Kidderminster, Oldham and Cheltenham enjoying playing time in the Football League. He is now at York City playing his football In the Vanarama National League North.

Pablo Mills – Crawley Town to Macclesfield, 31st August 2012

The centre half helped Crawley gain promotion to the Football League the season before he arrived at Moss Rose and he made an impact at Macclesfield even if he was only here for a solitary season.

The big centre half played a key role in the squad and took part in the 2-1 FA Cup giant killing of Cardiff City. He scored three goals for the Silkmen, with his third a final goal coming in his last game for the club against Cambridge in a 2-1 win.

Where is he now?

Rotherham United re-signed Mills as he returned for a second spell with the Yorkshire outfit who he had already represented over 100 times for in the past. He became a fan favourite with Bury FC after that and is currently playing at Mickleover Sports FC.

Anthony McNamee – MK Dons to Macclesfield, 31st August 2012

It was a busy deadline day in the summer of 2012 for Macc and Anthony McNamee was the final name of a trio of signings after his release by MK Dons. The midfielder had already helped former clubs Norwich and Watford reach the promised land of the premier league.

However, his Macclesfield career differed to the success he tasted at his former clubs as he failed to nail down his spot in the team regularly. The midfielder only made five appearances in his stint here at Moss Rose.

Where is he now?

After Macclesfield McNamee spent time at Aldershot and Woking, but the latter was to be the last club he was to represent in his career to date.

By Andrew Gate 

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