STMI Skrill Guide: Macclesfield Look To Preston & Iron Brew

Macc have raided Preston North End (x2), Bradford City, Northampton Town and Stockport County. John Askey a one club man has done well to take over the reins at a club rescued by the local council this summer with Mike Rance and Andy Scott now back on board to keep the Silkmen steady.  Manager John Askey also responded well to the challenge in April after the previous lot blew the goose and the golden egg. John (also took the reigns in 03/04) played 698 games for the club, scoring 168 goals over 19 years. He is Macc through and through and sweated blood during the meteoric rise of the Silkmen. He knows what the club means and stands for.

Thank-you for reading part of STMI’s Skrill Premier Guide by Neil Gentleman-Hobbs


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Manager John Askey
Formation 4-4-2
Position 2012/13 11th in BSP
STMI Forecast lower mid-table
Ave Gate 1534
Away following 147

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John Askey has a tough ask at Macc this season, made harder by assistant Efe Sodje breaking his toe and this weeks exit of Barnes-Homer to Forest Green Rovers along with fellow forward Fairhurst’s departure to Lincoln….. plus another 8 exits .  It is a shame because the club had survived a financial melt-down and had made some clever signings in what has to be seen as a period of consolidation following survival.  Defender Andrew was a useful player at Cheltenham before injury and Williams from Bradford will strengthen too.

Defender/midfielder Joe Connor is also a great capture from Stockport and Paul Turnbull joins from Northampton too. The ex-Imp is a competitive battler and played an unselfish role in the Imps survival but has his limitations. Taylor, from Preston,  is a great keeper and fellow White Chris Holroyd and on-loan Scunthorpe striker Connor Jennings looks a promising forward line.

Macc could surprise a few this season and the newbie manager is no mug with some decent contacts.  John’s youth career at Port Vale might help (he was young player of the year but never got a first team start), as might his contacts at Preston and Scunthorpe when it comes to loans.  As an Imp one always has to have a soft spot for Macc (Keith & Butch RIP), so we hope that a season of consolidation succeeds and perhaps exceeds a reborn club and its fans expectations.

IN Player From Pos Fee
31st July Danny Andrew Gloucester Def Free
31st July Steve Williams Bradford C Def Free
31st July Paul Turnbull Northampton Mid Free
28th June Rhys Taylor Preston Keeper Free
26th June Joe Connor Stockport Def/Mid Free
19th June Chris Holroyd Preston For Free
Loans IN Player  From Pos  Fee 
January Connor Jennings Scunthorpe For Wages
Loans Out Player To Pos Fee 
January C Braham-Barrett Cheltenham Def Wages
OUT Player To Pos Fee
5th Aug Barnes-Homer FGR For Undis
18th July Carl Tremarco Inverness Def
24th June Thierry Audel Crewe Def Undis
17th May Wade Fairhurst Lincoln City For Free
Released Antonio Amores
Released Nat Brown Lincoln City
Released Lance Cronin No club
Released Enes Fermino No club
Released Guy Madjo No club
Released A Morgan-Smith No club

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Macc Squad 2013/14

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1 Rhys Taylor, 13 Andrew Mills

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2 Joe Connor, 3 Danny Andrew, 4 Carl Martin, 5 James Bolton
12 Steve Williams, 16 Efetobore Sodje,

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6 Paul Turnbull, 7 Jack Mackreth, 10 John Paul Kissock, 15 Paul Lewis,
17 Josh Green,

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8 Connor Jennings, 9 Chris Holroyd, 11 Peter Winn, 14 Arthur Gnahoua,
18 Jay Burgess, 19 Scott Boden,

Posted on August 7, 2013, in 2013/14 Skrill Premier Guides, Writers - Neil Gentleman-Hobbs and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. “take the rains”, “take the reigns” . . . sadly, the correct version, “take the reins” is the one you failed to use.

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