Player Profiles: Strikers

TOM CLARE

On the 23rd June 2021, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of powerful striker Tom Clare, with the striker signing a one year deal at the club. Clare started off his career at Barnsley before moving to Bradford City. After an impressive loan spell, Clare signed for Boston United. Clare also spent time at Bradford Park Avenue, Buxton and Pontefract before joining Macclesfield FC. On the 18th August 2021, after 7 goals in 5 games for Macclesfield FC, Director Of Football Robbie Savage announced on a Facebook Live on the Star Lane End Facebook group that the club had received a bid from an unnamed club but Clare had rejected the move. After 19 goals in 33 appearances for the Silkmen, on the 10th March 2022, it was announced that Clare had signed a new deal to keep him at the club until the end of the 2023/24 season. On the 8th April 2022, Tom Clare was awarded the Macclesfield FC top goalscorer award for the 2021/22 season, after scoring 22 goals in 36 appearances.


EDY MAIECO

Edy Maieco signed for Macclesfield FC on the 4th June 2021. Capable of playing as a striker, in the number ten position or on either wing, the tricky and skillful attacker started off his career at Staylbridge Celtic. Maieco spent time at Glossop North End under Peter Band as well as Mossley, Macclesfield Town and Clitheroe before joining Macclesfield FC. On the 4th April 2022, after 6 goals in 26 appearances for the Silkmen, it was announced that Maieco had been offered a new deal at Macclesfield FC. On the 6th April 2022, Edy Maieco signed a new deal at Macclesfield FC, keeping him at the club until the end of the 2022/23 season. On the 23rd May 2022, it was announced that Edy Maieco had left Macclesfield FC by mutual consent. Maieco made 26 appearances for the Silkmen, scoring 6 goals. On the 10th June 2022, Edy Maieco signed for FC United of Manchester.


KIELEN ADAMS

On the 5th August 2021, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of striker Kielen Adams from Clitheroe. Adams started off his career at Oldham Athletic before moving to Bradford City. Adams then returned to Oldham Athletic for his first professional deal. Adams spent loan deals at Hyde United and Chorley before signing for Clitheroe. Kielen Adams can also play on the left of the midfield and has a keen eye for goal. On the 18th March 2022, Kielen Adams left Macclesfield FC to join Marine for a club record undisclosed fee. During his time at the Silkmen, Adams made 29 appearances, scoring 7 goals.


JAMES BERRY-MCNALLY

On the 5th August 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the loan signing of James Berry-McNally from Conference National side Altrincham. Berry-McNally played for Liverpool and Wigan Athletic at youth levels before signing for Hull City. After his release from Hull, Berry-McNally signed for Altrincham and was immediately loaned to Macclesfield FC. After 4 goals in 21 appearances for the Silkmen, on the 6th January 2022, it was announced that Berry-McNally’s loan had been extended until the end of the 2021/22 season. After 11 goals in 28 appearances, on the 25th February 2022, Robbie Savage announced on the Official Macclesfield FC Facebook fan page that the club had made an offer to Altrincham to bring James Berry-McNally to the club on a permanent deal. On the 10th March 2022, James Berry-McNally signed a permanent deal at Macclesfield FC for a club record undisclosed fee from Altrincham. James Berry-McNally signed a deal until the end of the 2023/24 season. James Berry-McNally was named the Macclesfield FC’s Sponsors Player Of The Year for the 2021/22 season.



TYLER JAMES

Tyler James signed a first team contract with Macclesfield FC on the 3rd August 2021. James excelled for the Macclesfield Town FC BTEC Academy before signing for Macclesfield FC. His impressive performances for the Macclesfield Town FC BTEC Academy earned him a trial at Championship side Huddersfield Town. On the 12th September 2021, James signed dual registration terms with Glossop North End. James only featured once for Glossop North End before returning to Macclesfield FC. Tyler James was the top goalscorer for Macclesfield FC Under 23’s for the 2021/22 season, however, was limited to only two substitute appearances for the first team in the same season. On the 18th July 2022, it was announced that Tyler James had signed for Prestwich Heys. James managed 2 substitute appearances for Macclesfield FC, without scoring a goal.


SCOTT MCGOWAN

On the 9th September 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of prolific striker Scott McGowan from 1874 Northwich. McGowan has an excellent scoring record in the Non League, playing for Styal before joining Congleton Town where the striker scored 30 goals for the club in 56 appearances. In 2016, McGowan joined 1874 Northwich and scored 135 times in 199 appearances over two spells at the club after a brief spell at Nantwich Town in 2020. After 3 goals in 15 appearances for Macclesfield FC, it was announced on the 11th January 2022 that McGowan had left the club by mutual consent. On the 14th January 2022, McGowan re-signed for 1874 Northwich. On the 20th May 2022, Scott McGowan signed for Stockport Town.



DANIEL PEMBERTON

Although not officially announced as a Macclesfield FC first team player, Daniel Pemberton, a regular for the Macclesfield FC reserve team was named on the bench in the Cheshire Senior Cup against Cheadle Heath Nomads on the 2nd November 2021. On the 5th March 2022, Pemberton left Macclesfield FC Reserves and signed for 1874 Northwich. In July 2022, Daniel Pemberton signed for Knutsford FC.



BRANDON LONSDALE

On the 26th November 2021, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of striker Brandon Lonsdale on a one month loan deal from Championship side Blackburn Rovers. Lonsdale made his debut for Blackburn Rovers Under 23’s in September 2021 and had spent time previously on loan at at Lancaster City before making the move to The Silkmen. On the 5th January 2022, it was announced that Lonsdale’s loan at Macclesfield FC had been extended until the end of the season. On the 4th April 2022, it was announced that Brandon Lonsdale had returned to Blackburn Rovers. Lonsdale made 6 appearances for the Silkmen, with his only goal for the club coming against Skelmersdale United on the 29th January 2022, in a 3-1 win for Macclesfield FC.


ANDY OWENS

On the 19th January 2022, Andy Owens signed for Macclesfield FC. An experienced striker, who previously played at centre back earlier in his career, had featured for 18 different sides before joining the SIlkmen. Owens’ most successful season came in the 2018/19 season for Connah’s Quay Nomads where he scored 12 goals in 38 appearances. Owens had been previously playing for Conference North side Chorley before dropping down to the North West Counties to join Macclesfield FC. After 1 goal in 9 appearances for Macclesfield FC, on the 21st March 2022, it was announced that Andy Owens had signed a contract extension at the Silkmen until the end of the 2022/23 season.


HARRY FREEDMAN

On the 27th January 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of former Halifax Town striker Harry Freedman. Besides Halifax Town, before joining the Silkmen, Freedman had also previously played for Stalybridge Celtic, Glossop North End and Curzon Ashton. Freedman is the son of former Crystal Palace and Nottingham Forest striker Dougie Freedman. On the 12th March 2022, after the Silkmen were crowned North West Counties Premier Division champions, Robbie Savage announced via the Official Macclesfield FC Facebook page that Harry Freedman had signed a new deal at the club. On the 13th March 2022, Freedman’s contract was confirmed, with Freedman signing a new deal 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, Freedman had featured 8 times for the Silkmen, scoring once. On the 29th July 2022, ahead of the 2022/23 season, it was announced that Harry Freedman had joined Glossop North End on a season long loan.


BOBBIE MCDONNELL

On the 7th March 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of Bobbie McDonnell from North West Counties side Runcorn Town. McDonnell signed a deal at Macclesfield FC until the end of the 2022/23 season. McDonnell began his career at City Of Liverpool and also spent time on loan at Ashton United. McDonnell went on to join Sandbach United at the start of the 2021/22 season, scoring 16 goals before joining Runcorn Town in February 2022. McDonnell spent only one month at Runcorn Town, scoring once in four matches before joining the Silkmen. On the 21st July 2022, it was announced that Bobbie McDonnell had left Macclesfield FC to join Vauxhall Motors. McDonnell made six appearances for the Silkmen, failing to score a goal.


FINNAN CROFTON

Highly rated youth team player Finnan Crofton 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. Crofton featured regularly for Macclesfield FC in the pre-season of their 2021/22 season as a 15 year old but did not appear in a competitive squad until the match against Northwich Victoria. On the 6th May 2022, Robbie Savage announced via a Facebook Live on the Official Macclesfield FC Facebook page that Finnan Crofton had left the club.


TRE PEMBERTON

On the 20th May 2022, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of pacey forward Tre Pemberton from Northern Premier League side Stafford Rangers. Pemberton, who can also play on right midfield, started his career with Blackburn Rovers before moving to Stoke City. After leaving Stoke City and before joining Stafford Rangers, Pemberton spent time at FC United Of Manchester and Longridge Town. Stafford Rangers announced via their Official Twitter feed that Macclesfield FC actually made an offer for Pemberton on the 5th March 2022, however, Pemberton had rejected the move. Pemberton scored 3 goals in 23 games for Stafford Rangers before signing a 12 month deal at the Silkmen.


NEIL KENGNI

On the 1st June 2022, Macclesfield FC completed the signing of striker Neil Kengni from Marine. Kengni began his career at Rochdale before moving to Stalybridge Celtic, scoring 14 goals in 68 appearances. Kengni then moved to Marine in May 2020 and scored 15 goals in the 2021/22 season as Marine were promoted to the Northern Premier League. Kengi was named Manager’s Player of the Season, Player’s Player of the Season and Top Goalscorer for Marine for the 2021/22 season.


NICKY MAYNARD

Ahead of the 2022/23 season, on the 4th August 2022, Macclesfield FC announced the signing of experienced striker Nicky Maynard. Maynard began his career at Crewe Alexandra, scoring 32 goals before moving to Bristol City for a fee of £2.25 million. Maynard scored 45 goals in four seasons at Bristol City before joining West Ham United. After 4 goals for West Ham United, Maynard moved to Cardiff City for a fee of £3 million. In 2015, Maynard joined Milton Keynes Dons on a permanent deal and has since played for Aberdeen, Bury, Mansfield Town, Newport County and Tranmere Rovers before joining the Silkmen. When Maynard signed for Tranmere Rovers in August 2021, it was announced that Maynard had turned down teams in League One to sign for them. One year later, Maynard joined Macclesfield FC in the Northern Premier League West Division.