Top Ten Best Macclesfield Town Players

#1 - John Askey

Has served the club for the last 23 years after joining from Milton United. John helped to take the club from the Northern Premier League to the dizzy heights of the third tier of English Football. His final game for the Silkmen came against Rochdale in 2003 - the celebrations following his equalising goal earnt him a booking, yet nobody really cared.

John is now Youth Team Manager at the Club

#2 - Darren Tinson

Darren joined the club from Northwich Victoria and was instrumental in gaining promotion to the Football League in 1997. Originally signed as a right back, Tinson was to move in to the centre of defence and would become club captain.

#3 - Efe Sodje

Efe signed for The Silkmen from Conference rivals Stevenage Borough in the Summer of 1997. The bandana wearing Nigerian etched his name in Macclesfield Town history a few weeks later by scoring the club's first goal in the Football League against Torquay United.

He was soon to be a cult hero around the town and his commitment on the pitch and personality off it means he will be remembered for a long time to come

Since leaving the club Efe gas played for Crewe, Hudderfield Luton and Southend as well as representing his country in the 2002 World Cup Finals

#4 - Steve Wood

Steve was one of Sammy McIlroy's first signings as Macclesfield manager. The tough tackling midfielder will always be remembered for his last minute strike against Stevenage Borough which all but sealed the Conference title in 1997.

#5 - Neil Howarth

Neil remains Macclesfield Town's most successful captain of all time after picking up a trolley load of medals in the late 1990s. These included two Conference winners medals, an FA Trophy winners medal and a Division Three runners up medal. The central defender has since played for Cheltenham Town and is currently the Assistant Manager at Kidderminster Harriers.

#6 - Steve Payne

Steve joined the club on the back of a successful loan period from Huddersfield Town. He was to go on to forge a great partnership with fellow central defender Neil Howarth as Macc won all before them. Steve will perhaps be mostly remembered for opening the scoring in the 1996 FA Trophy Final against Northwich Victoria with a powerful header from a Darren Lyons corner.

Steve did return to the club in the 2003-4 season, but injury prevented him from reclaiming his first team position.

#7 - Jon Parkin

Jon was signed from League Two rivals York City initially as a central defender by the then Manager, John Askey. Yet it was at the other end of the field where Jon was to have most success. He quickly became Macc's leading golascorer and was a major part of the squad which made the 2004-5 play-offs.

Jon will be remembered best for his brace in the five four victory at Wycombe in 2006 and for his sending off at Swansea during Easter 2005 which arguably cost us an automatic promotion place that season.

Jon was sold to Hull City during January 2006 and has since moved to fellow Championship side Stoke City.

#8 - Ryan Price

Ryan joined the club in 1996 and quickly went on to become a fans favourite. He was part of the FA Trophy winning side of 1996 and helped the club gain their Football League status the following year, despite being victim to a horrific facial injury sustained at Southport.Always one for a laugh and a joke, Ryan regularly led the Star Lane singers. He has since played for Telford United and Hinckley Athletic.

#9 - David Morley

Dave joined the club from Doncaster Rovers back in 2003. He has been a solid defender and club captain. His distribution is second to none, as is his work rate. His goal at Bristol Rovers in 2006 helped to save the club from relegation and Dave soon moved to become fans favourite.

#10 - Matty McNeil

Matty made the step up from fruit and veg seller to try his luck at professional football with the Silkmen. A tall, pacy striker, with an eye for goal, Matty soon impressed the Moss Rose faithful. His goals fired Macc within a whisker of the LDV final at the Millennium Stadium two years ago yet he seemed to lose confidence last season. Rumours circulated that he wanted to return to his fruit and veg stall and Macc agreed that he was surplus to requirements. He has since signed for Stockport County.

Source - Silkweb

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