Ten Things From Yesterday at Ashton United

Paddysboyz picks out 10 observations following The Silkmen’s opening pre-season fixture at Ashton United where our beloved blues ran out 5-1 winners: 1. Mark Yates is much more vocal than John ever was from the sidelines and  appears to be a very nice, approachable bloke. 2. Nelly Howarth is just such a lovely fella and…

So near yet so far!

I have to be honest and say when Gareth Southgate was announced as England manager, to say that I was underwhelmed was an understatement as it seemed to yours truly that once the hierarchy of the English FA had opted for the safe choice. Qualifying in a relatively poor group was its usual comfortable journey…

Forum or no forum?

Due to certain technical difficulties on The Star Lane End site at this present time, I asked those who are members of the Facebook group whether we, as the new administrators, should continue with the forum once these issues have been solved. It was a quick poll that was introduced in order to get an…

Rob Heys: A Personal Reflection

I first had the great pleasure of meeting with Rob when he arrived in the role of General Manager at Macclesfield Town Football Club in the summer of 2016. I was instantly impressed with Rob’s very pleasant and approachable demeanor, and his ‘can do’ attitude where nothing seemed to much trouble. Whenever I chatted to…

League 2 transfer round-up

We are another week closer to the start of the League 2 season. We have added to our squad with the signing of Harry Smith and Fiacre Kelleher on loan from Oxford United. Here is a summary of what our rivals have been up to. Enzio Boldewijn [Crawley – Notts County] Undisclosed Adam Collin [Notts County –…

A bluffers guide to Harry Smith

The latest in a series of articles which will furnish you with some facts about our latest signings. This time it’s the turn of our new striker Harry Smith: SLE does the research so you don’t have to! 1 – Smith was born in May 1995, he is 23 years old. 2 – Harry will…

A bluffers guide to Fiacre Kelleher

Here are some facts about defender Fiacre Kelleher, the latest Silkmen signing who has arrived on a season-long loan from League One club Oxford United: 1. Fiacre was born in Cork on March 10 1996, making the Irishman 22 years old. 2. Kelleher started his football career at Irish side Avondale United. 3. He signed…

George Pilkington: A Look Back at a Sensational Silkman

Earlier this week ‘Mr Consistent’ George Pilkington announced his retirement from professional football after a long career of playing. George Edward Pilkington started his professional career at just 19 years of age, signing with Everton. He then moved on to Exeter City on loan and then signed for Port Vale in 2003, playing in over…

A bluffers guide to Neil Howarth

SLE does the research, so you don’t have to! In the latest instalment in our new series, we furnish you with some facts about Neil Howarth, one of the Silkmen’s new assistant managers and former captain in his playing days: 1 – He started his career at Burnley, from where he joined Macc, initially on…

A bluffers guide to Miles Welch-Hayes

SLE does the research so you don’t have to! Earlier this month it was announced that Miles Welch-Hayes had signed for The Silkmen and here are some facts about the defender courtesy of toddymacc: 1 – He joins on a 2-year deal from Bath City. 2 – Miles made the Official National League South team…

The Jolley effects! Can we learn from them?

I read with interest some recent articles about the highly educated former city trader Michael Jolley, who took over as Grimsby Town manager in March of this year. Jolley is a strong believer in the philosophy that football clubs are a pivotal aspect of their local community, and since his arrival his proactive approach to…

Noe Baba signs for Waterford

Another member of our National League winning side has found a new club. This time it’s Noe Baba, the man who scored the only goal at Wrexham in our opening day victory, who has signed for Waterford. Baba is familiar with Irish football, having been raised there and having played youth football with Castlebar Celtic. He…