Player Profiles: Defenders

CURTIS OBENG

On the 23rd June 2021, right back Curtis Obeng signed for Macclesfield FC. Obeng began his career at Manchester City before moving to Wrexham. After a successful stint at the club, Obeng was poached by then Premier League side Swansea City for a fee of £200,000. Unfortuantely Obeng never made an appearance for ‘The Swans’ and spent 4 separate loans away from the club. After short stints for Macclesfield Town, Altrincham and Solihull Moors, Obeng retired from football in 2017. One year later, Obeng came out of retirement to play for Nuneaton Borough, spending time on loan at Ashton United and Grantham Town. After a short spell at Radcliffe, Macclesfield FC swooped for the experienced right back. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Curtis Obeng had been released by Macclesfield FC. Obeng made 12 appearances for the Silkmen. Obeng’s final appearance for the Silkmen came on the 8th January 2022 in Macclesfield FC’s 2-4 defeat to Wythenshawe Town. On the 21st June 2022, Curtis Obeng signed for FC United Of Manchester.

KIERAN KENNEDY

On the 4th June 2021, Kieran Kennedy made history and became the first ever player to sign for Macclesfield FC. Kennedy, an imposing centre back, started off his career at Manchester City before moving to Leicester City but was released without appearing for the first team. He made his first professional appearance for Scottish Premiership Side Motherwell, spending two seasons at the club before leaving via mutual consent. A short spell at AFC Fylde was next up before Kennedy signed for Macclesfield Town. His season at Macclesfield Town was a successful one, with the club winning the Conference National and being promoted into the Football League. Kennedy then left The Silkmen to join John Askey’s Shrewsbury Town, making the step up to League One football. Kennedy struggled to force his way into the side and moved to Conference National with Wrexham after only one appearance. Kennedy then re-joined John Askey again, this time at Port Vale and spent a short loan spell at his previous side Wrexham as well as a permanent spell at York City in the Conference North before signing for Macclesfield FC. On the 3rd September 2021, Robbie Savage announced that Kieran Kennedy would be leaving the club. On the 10th September 2021, Kennedy signed for Stockport Town. Kennedy made 5 appearances for Macclesfield FC before moving on.


AARON FLEMING

Attacking left back Aaron Fleming signed for Macclesfield FC on the 30th July 2021. Fleming, comfortable at either left back or left wing, began his youth career at Blackpool before joining AFC Fylde. As well as plying his trade in Gibraltar for the 2020/21 season, Fleming has previously played for Bamber Bridge, Padiham, Kendal Town, Droylsden, Abbey Hey and Prescot Cables. On the 12th October 2021, it was announced that Aaron Fleming had joined Barnoldswick Town on a permanent deal. Fleming started seven matches in his time at The Silkmen, making two further appearances from the bench. In December 2021, Fleming moved to Ramsbottom. In July 2022, Fleming joined Trafford FC.



ROCCO FREGAPANE

On the 22nd June 2021, Rocco Fregapane signed a first team contract with Macclesfield FC. The talented left back spent time at Huddersfield Town and Manchester United as a youngster, being capped for England under 15’s. Fregapane signed a professional contract with Macclesfield Town before they were wound up. Fregapane signed a deal with Witton Albion during the 2020/21 season but returned to Macclesfield signing for Macclesfield FC for the 2021/22 season. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Rocco Fregapane had been released by Macclesfield FC. Fregapane made 2 appearances for the Silkmen. Fregapane’s final appearance for the Silkmen came on the 2nd November 2021 in Macclesfield FC’s 3-2 win against Cheadle Heath Nomads in the Cheshire Senior Cup.


ADAM OWEN

Adam Owen, a centre back, joined the club on the 4th June 2021 from Stockport County. After less than two months at the club and without making a competitive appearance, it was announced at Fans Forum, involving the Macclesfield FC owners and staff that Owen had been released. On the 2nd August 2021, Glossop North End announced the signing of the youngster. In November 2021, Owen signed for Northwich Victoria. On the 13th July 2022, Adam Owen joined Avro.



JOSH WOODCOCK

On the 17th June 2021, Josh Woodcock was announced as Macclesfield FC’s newest signing. Woodcock, a right back by trade, has experience with Rotherham United, Lincoln City at youth level and also had a short stint at Belper Town. At a fans forum in July 2021, it was announced that Woodcock had been released by Macclesfield FC without making a competitive appearance. After leaving Macclesfield FC, Woodcock re-signed for Belper Town.


SEKOUBA SANOGO

Sekouba Sanogo signed for Macclesfield FC on the 26th July 2021. Sanogo, who holds a dual nationality of Malian and French began his career in France for Blanc Mesnil. Sanogo initially signed a contract with Macclesfield FC Reserves team before impressing first team manager Danny Whitaker and being handed a first team contact at the leasing.com stadium. After 9 appearances for The Silkmen, on the 13th November 2021 it was announced that Sanogo had signed for Glossop North End on a permanent deal.



EKOW COKER

On the 22nd June 2021, towering and imposing centre back Ekow Coker signed for Macclesfield FC. The tall defender, who is also renowned for his attacking prowess in the opposition box signed a one year deal at the club. Coker previously played for Enfield Town before making the move North to sign for Macclesfield FC. On the 5th November 2021, after 11 appearances for Macclesfield FC and scoring 1 goal, it was announced that Coker had joined Glossop North End on a month’s loan. On the 9th December 2021, Coker’s loan at Glossop North End was extended for a further two months. On the 4th February 2022, it was announced that Coker’s loan at Glossop North End had again been extended, this time for one additional month. After 12 appearances for Glossop North End, on the 25th February 2022, Coker joined Ashton United until the end of the 2021/22 season. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Ekow Coker had been released by Macclesfield FC. Coker made 11 appearances for the Silkmen, scoring once.


LOUIS SHEAD

Talented defender Louis Shead signed a first team contact with Macclesfield FC on the 4th August 2021. Shead, previously of Tranmere Rovers captained the youth side during his time with the club before his release. Shead initially signed a contact with the Macclesfield FC Reserves side before making the step up to the Macclesfield FC first team. On the 27th October 2021, Shead signed a new contract with Macclesfield FC. On the 31st December 2021, after 12 appearances for the Silkmen, it was announced that Shead had signed a loan deal at Prescot Cables until the end of the 2021/22 season. On the 7th March 2022, after six appearances for Prescot Cables, Louis Shead was recalled by Macclesfield FC. Shead made 2 appearances on his return to Macclesfield FC before it was announced on the 18th March 2022, that Shead had re-joined Prescot Cables on loan until the end of the 2021/22 season. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Louis Shead had been released by Macclesfield FC. Louis Shead made 14 appearances for the Silkmen. On the 15th July 2022, Louis Shead signed for Bootle.

TOM STEAD

On the 25th June 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of defender Tom Stead. Stead a powerful centre back who is also proficient playing at right back, started off his career at Preston North End. A loan spell with Chorley was sandwiched in between time at Kendal Town and FC United Of Manchester for Stead before signing a one-year deal with Macclesfield FC. After starting three matches for the club, it was announced on the 3rd September 2021 that Tom Stead had left the club to join Longridge Town.


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ALEX BRUCE

Experienced defender Alex Bruce signed for Macclesfield FC on the 12th August 2021. Bruce signed a deal at the club which as well as him playing, would also see him join the coaching staff at the Leasing.com stadium. Alex, son of Steve Bruce, has been capped for both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland national teams. Bruce has a wealth of experience, plying his trade in the English Championship and also the English Premier League for a number of sides, most notably Leeds United, Hull City and Ipswich Town. After 6 appearances for Macclesfield FC, on the 3rd February 2022, Bruce left the club to become first team coach at Championship side West Bromwich Albion.

JACOB HANSON

Right back Jacob Hanson signed for Macclesfield FC on the 27th August 2021, signing a dual registration contract with FC United Of Manchester. Hanson spent time in his youth career at Huddersfield Town and Bradford City. Before joining Macclesfield FC, Hanson spent time with FC Halifax Town and Curzon Ashton. On the 18th September 2021, Robbie Savage announced via a Facebook Live on the Star Lane End Facebook group that Hanson had signed a deal solely with Macclesfield FC- he was previously on a dual registration deal with FC United Of Manchester. On the 15th March 2022, Hanson signed a new deal at Macclesfield FC until the end of the 2022/23 season, with the option of extending for an additional 12 months. At the time of his new contract, Hansen had featured 27 times for the Silkmen, scoring once as the Silkmen were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions.


SAMUEL JAMES

Macclesfield FC announced on the 27th August 2021 that Samuel James had joined the club on a dual registration with Southport. On the 18th September 2021, it was announced that James had returned to Southport without making an appearance for Macclesfield FC. Samuel James has since joined Atherton Laburnum Rovers before joining Alsager Town.




LUIS MORRISON

On the 3rd September 2021 Macclesfield FC announced the signing of centre back Luis Morrison on a 2-year deal. Morrison began his career at Premier League giants Arsenal before completing his youth career at Stevenage. After a short spell plying his trade in Scandinavia, Morrison returned to England and played for a number of Southern based Non-League teams which included Farnborough, Maidenhead United, Hampton and Richmond, Grays and Concord Rangers. Before signing for Macclesfield Morrison also played for Altrincham, Alfreton, Nuneaton, Radcliffe and Stafford Rangers. In 2015, Morrison appeared in reality TV show Love Island. On the 7th January 2022, after 17 appearances for Macclesfield FC, it was announced that Morrison had re-joined his former club Stafford Rangers on loan until the end of the 2021/22 season. On the 15th June 2022, Luis Morrison left Macclesfield FC by mutual consent. Morrison made 17 appearances for the Silkmen, scoring once. Soon after, also on the 15th June 2022, it was announced that Luis Morrison had signed permanently for Stafford Rangers.

TOM MORRIS

On the 17th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced that imposing centre back Tom Morris had joined the club on a non-contract basis. Before joining Macclesfield FC, Morris was a regular for Hyde United in the Northern Premier League Premier Division. Morris started his career off at Port Vale before moving to Ireland to join Longford Town. After leaving Longford Town, before his stint at Hyde, Morris also spent time at Kidsgrove Athletic, Conwy and Congleton Town. On the 21st October 2021, it was announced that Morris had joined City Of Liverpool FC. Morris made 5 appearances for Macclesfield FC before leaving the club. In November 2021, Morris signed for Cheadle Town. On the 23rd January 2022, Morris was named the new Macclesfield FC reserve team manager. On the 17th June 2022, Tom Morris signed for Stockport Town.

BRANDON LEE

On the 30th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of left back Brandon Lee from fellow North West Counties Premier Division side Longridge Town for an undisclosed fee. Lee signed a deal at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season. Lee started his career Blackburn Rovers and spent time at Bolton Wanderers and Chorley before signing for Longridge Town. After 21 appearances for the Silkmen, as Macclesfield FC were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions, it was announced on the 4th April 2022, that Brandon Lee had signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023/24 season.


LEE JACKSON

On the 30th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced that central defender Lee Jackson had joined the club on a Non-Contract basis. Jackson began his career at Stockport County before moving to Woodley Sports and then Knutsford. In 20214, Jackson moved to Congleton Town, making just under 100 appearances for the club before joining 1874 Northwich where Jackson went on to make 95 appearances for the club before joining Macclesfield. After 9 appearances for the Silkmen, with Macclesfield winning every game Jackson featured in, on the 25th March 2022, it was announced that he had signed a new deal until the end of the 2022/23 season. On the 24th May 2022, it was announced that Lee Jackson had left Macclesfield FC. Jackson made 11 appearances for the Silkmen, with Macclesfield winning every game that he featured in. On the 17th June 2022, Lee Jackson signed for Witton Albion.


LOUIS DANQUAH

On the 29th October 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of left sided defender Louis Danquah on a Non-Contract deal. Danquah started his career at Nottingham Forest before joining Mansfield Town. After leaving Mansfield, Danquah played for Carlton Town, Gresley Rovers, Belper Town, Stamford, Grantham and Widnes before joining the Silkmen. On the 18th December 2021, Danquah left the club by mutual consent. Danquah made two appearances for Macclesfield FC. On the 16th July 2022, Louis Danquah signed for Stalybridge Celtic.



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MAX KENNEDY

Although not officially announced as a Macclesfield FC first team player, Max Kennedy, a regular for the Macclesfield FC reserve team featured in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Cheadle Heath Nomads on the 2nd November 2021. On the 3rd March 2022, it was announced on the NWCFL website that Max Kennedy had joined 1874 Northwich. Ahead of the 2022/23 season, Max Kennedy signed for Knutsford FC.



TOM DEAN

On the 12th November 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Tom Dean for a club record undisclosed fee. Dean started his career at Macclesfield Town before joining Mossley. As well as Mossley, before joining Macclesfield FC, Dean spent time at Buxton, FC United Of Manchester and Colne. On the 22nd January 2022, after 9 appearances for the Silkmen, it was announced that Tom Dean had left the club to re-join Colne.



LEWIS FENSOME

On the 20th January 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of highly-rated defender Lewis Fensome on a deal until the end of the 2022/23 season from Lancaster City. Fensome started his career at Preston North End before joining Lancaster City in 2018. Fensome made 90 appearances for Lancaster City before joining the Silkmen. Despite being a regular the Lancaster City in the Northern Premier League Premier Division, Fensome made the decision to drop to the North West Counties to join Macclesfield FC. After 14 appearances for the Silkmen, as Macclesfield FC were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions, it was announced on the 4th April 2022, that Fensome had signed a contract extension until the end of the 2023/24 season.


MARCO FREGAPANE

Youth team player Marco Fregapane, brother of fellow Macclesfield FC defender Rocco Fregapane made his debut for the Silkmen on the 16th March 2022, appearing in the starting line up for Macclesfield FC against Northwich Victoria in the first round of the Macron Cup. Fregapane made his league debut for Macclesfield FC on the 19th March against Avro, coming off the bench in a 6-0 win for the Silkmen.


LIAM MCCOLL

Youth team player Liam McColl made his Silkmen debut off the bench for Macclesfield FC in the Silkmen’s match in the Macron Cup first round against Northwich Victoria on the 16th March 2022. McColl was a regular for the Macclesfield FC under 16 and youth sides. After impressing for the Macclesfield FC first team during the 2022/23 pre season, it was announced on the 26th July 2022, that Liam McColl had signed a first team contract at the Silkmen. On the 29th July 2022, Liam McColl joined Daisy Hill FC on loan until the end of the 2022/23 season.



ZEKI FRYERS

On the 19th May 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of former Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur defender Zeki Fryers. Fryers, a former England youth international, became the Silkmen’s first signing of their 2022/23 campaign. Fryers began his career at Manchester United, featuring five times for Sir Alex Ferguson’s side before joining Belgian side Standard Liege. Fryers spent 6 months in Belgium before returning to England, signing for Tottenham Hotspur. Fryers made 7 appearances for Tottenham Hotspur before signing for Crystal Palace ahead of the 2014/15 season for an undisclosed fee. After loan spells at Rotherham United and Ipswich Town, Fryers signed a permanent deal at Barnsley in 2017. Fryers made 21 appearances for the Tykes before joining Swindon Town. Fryers left Swindon in May 2021 and went on to feature for Stockport County and Welling United in the 2021/22 season before joining Macclesfield FC.


WILL BELL

On the 19th July 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of central defender Will Bell from Bootle. Bell was previously on trial with the Silkmen ahead of their 2022/23 season. Bell began his career at Morecambe and before joining Bootle, Will Bell spent time at Cymru Premier sides Bala, Rhyl and Colwyn Bay. Bell was offered a new deal at Bootle but rejected the deal to join the Silkmen.


DAN COWAN

On the 19th July 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Dan Cowan. Cowan is no stranger to the Silkmen, beginning his career at Macclesfield Town, making 60 appearances before going on to join Stockport County. After three seasons at Stockport County, Cowan joined Guiseley and went on to spend time at Curzon Ashton and Chester before joining Buxton in January 2022. On the 28th June 2022, it was announced that Cowan had retired from football. However, only 21 days later, Cowan came out of retirement to sign for Macclesfield FC. It was announced via Director Of Football Robbie Savage that as part of the deal to bring Dan Cowan to the club, Macclesfield FC paid an undisclosed fee to Buxton, as well as agreeing a friendly ahead of the 2023/24 season.


JOE BUNNEY

On the 13th August 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of versatile defender Joe Bunney. Bunney started his career as a striker for Lancaster City however made a name for himself at Northwich Victoria, scoring 19 goals in 26 appearances before signing for Rochdale. Bunney spent 5 seasons at Rochdale before joining Northampton Town in 2018. Bunney made 16 appearances for Northampton Town and also spent time at Blackpool and Rochdale on loan before joining Bolton Wanderers on a permanent deal. In 2019, Bunney was involved in a car accident where he was left with a broken collarbone. After his release from Bolton Wanderers, Bunney spent time at Matlock Town, Hartlepool United, Grimsby Town and Warrington Rylands 1906 before joining the Silkmen.