Player Profiles: Goalkeepers


On the 8th July 2021, Macclesfield FC signed goalkeeper Ben Pierce after a successful trial period at the club. The commanding shot stopper spent time at Everton, Manchester City and Manchester United during his youth career. Pierce signed his first professional contract at West Bromwich Albion, spending three years at the club before joining Northern Irish side Portadown in February 2020. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Ben Pierce had been released by Macclesfield FC. Pierce made 11 appearances for the Silkmen, conceding 17 goals. Pierce’s final appearance for the Silkmen came on the 14th September 2021 in Macclesfield FC’s 1-0 win against Vauxhall Motors.


First team goalkeeper coach Steve Hodgson signed a player/goalkeeper coach contract on the 9th July 2021. Initially signed solely as a goalkeeper coach, the veteran goalkeeper impressed during pre-season matches and was signed on playing terms. During his playing career, Hodgson turned out for a number of clubs such as Chester, Wrexham and Leek Town. Hodgson has had coaching experience at Mansfield Town, Wrexham and Stoke City. On the 24th November 2021, after the release of the new Macclesfield FC website, it was noted that Hodgson was not listed on the player profiles. Although no official announcement, it is thought he had left the club.


On the 16th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of experienced goalkeeper Sam Ashton. Ashton started his career at Bolton Wanderers before moving to FC United Of Manchester where the talented shot stopper made just shy of 200 appearances for the club. After leaving FC United, Ashton appeared for Skelmersdale United, Southport, Chorley, Ramsbottom, Lancaster City and Radcliffe before signing for Macclesfield FC. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Sam Ashton had been released by Macclesfield FC. Ashton featured regularly as the Silkmen won the North West Counties Premier Division in the 2021/22 season. Ashton featured 31 times for Macclesfield FC, conceding 34 goals. Despite being released, Ashton made an additional appearance for Macclesfield FC in the Macron Cup in a 4-1 win for the Silkmen against Brocton on the 12th April 2022. Sam Ashton was named the North West Counties Premier Division Goalkeeper of the Year for the 2021/22 season. On the 15th July 2022, Sam Ashton signed for Bootle FC.


Nick Ward was named on the bench for Macclesfield FC in their match against Longridge Town on the 20th September 2021. Nick had played for a number of local teams such as Poynton, Rylands and Northwich Victoria. Nick Ward is also assistant manager of the Macclesfield FC reserve team. On the 23rd January 2022, Nick Ward announced on the Official Macclesfield FC Fan Page that himself and reserve team manager Ed Haslam had left the club. After leaving Macclesfield FC, Nick Ward signed for Knutsford FC.


On the 2nd November 2021, Macclesfield FC announced that goalkeeper Elliot Cooper had joined the first team squad, progressing up from the youth set up at the Silkmen. On the 3rd January 2022, Cooper was named in the Macclesfield FC first team squad for the first time against Prestwich Heys. Cooper was an unused substitute. On the 8th February 2022, it was announced that Cooper had been selected for National Youth Football League National Trials. Despite no official announcement, on the 20th June 2022, Elliot Cooper confirmed via his personal Instagram account that he had left Macclesfield FC.

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On the 5th November 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of goalkeeper Liam Lovell from Cheadle Town. Before Cheadle Town, Lovell spent time at Rochdale, Curzon Ashton and Mossley. On the 24th November 2021, it was announced that Lovell had joined Avro. Liam Lovell made 1 appearance for the Silkmen in Macclesfield FC’s 2-2 draw with Runcorn Town on the 6th November 2021.


On the 18th January 2022, Dan Wallis signed a deal at Macclesfield FC until the end of the 2022/23 season after leaving Matlock. Wallis started his youth career at Derby County before joining Sheffield Wednesday. After his release from Sheffield Wednesday, Wallis featured for Norweigan side Valdres FK, Nottingham Forest, Chesterfield, Matlock, Grantham Town, Gainsborough Trinity and Stamford. Wallis rejoined Matlock in December 2021 but his spell was short lived as he joined the Silkmen a month later. On the 3rd March 2022, Wallis left the club after his contract was terminated by mutual consent. Wallis made 4 appearances for the Silkmen, conceding 1 goal. In April 2022, Dan Wallis re-signed for Stamford.


On the 2nd May 2022, ahead of Macclesfield FC’s Macron Cup Quarter Final match against Skelmersdale United, the Silkmen announced the signing of Nathan Pennington. The goalkeeper signed a dual registration deal at the club, also being registered at West Lancashire Football League Division One side Tempest United. Pennington made his Macclesfield FC debut against Skelmersdale United, on the same day he was announced, with Macclesfield losing the match 2-3. On the 7th June 2022, it was announced that Nathan Pennington had signed a new permanent deal at Macclesfield FC, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season. On the 13th June 2022, it was announced that Pennington had signed a dual registration deal with Squires Gate.


On the 30th June 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of goalkeeper Joe Mason from North West Counties Premier Division side Burscough. Mason, despite being only 16 years old excelled for Burscough in the second half of the 2021/22 season before the Silkmen swooped for the talented youngster. Mason began his career at Premier League giants Liverpool, spending eight years at the club before joining Burscough. On the 23rd July 2022, Joe Mason joined FC St Helens on a dual registration deal.

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On the 1st July 2022, Marcelo Pitaluga joined Macclesfield FC on loan from Premier League giants Liverpool until the end of the 2022/23 season. Pitaluga began his career at Brazilian side Fluminense, before joining Liverpool in 2020 for £2 million. Pitaluga was part of the Brazil under 17 side in 2019 who won the under 17 World Cup. Pitaluga was a regular for Liverpool under 23’s before joining the Silkmen.

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On the 6th August 2022, in Macclesfield FC’s FA Cup Extra Preliminary Round match against Wythenshawe Town, youth team goalkeeper George Byrne was named on the bench and was an unused substitute.