League Two Season Preview 2011/12: Macclesfield Town

Macclesfield Town are the next in line for a preview with another potentially tricky season in store for the Silkman.

Links for the other teams previewed so far by myself, @maxihobbs and @greenwichgull are at the foot of the page…

Recap of last season

Tragedy has hit Macclesfield in each of the last two seasons with the sad passing of Keith Alexander in 2010 and of midfielder Richard Butcher in January of this year. Dealing with these great losses to the club puts their creditable 15th place last season in an even better light. The 2011/12 season will be their 13th consecutive season in League Two, making them the division’s longest serving team.

Personnel in

Waide Fairhurst drops down two divisions from Doncaster Rovers to sign for Macclesfield after a number of loan spells away from the Keepmoat Stadium in recent years.

Jon Bateson (Accrington, free)

Ben Tomlinson (Worksop, Undisclosed)

Personnel out

Izak Reid left the club on a free transfer this summer with League Two rivals Morecambe quickly snapping the midfielder up on a two year deal.

Another major loss is that of Hamza Bencherif with the Algerian signing for Notts County at the end of his deal at Moss Rose.

Tyrone Bennett has also left after joining newcomers and big spenders Crawley Town on an undisclosed fee.

Paul Bolland (Mansfield, free)

Matt Lowe (released)

Ricky Sappleton (released)

Jason Beardsley (released)

Strengths

Team spirit is always needed in abundance at Moss Rose and never more so this season.

Weaknesses

Finances will again be a problem for Macc who year on year strive for survival first and foremost. The loss of Hamza Bencherif could also be costly after the striker joined Notts County.

Bencherif a big loss and Barnett, Reid also not replaced – could well be going down!

Key man

Waide Fairhurst – After a number of loan spells from Donny in the last two years, Fairhurst has finally found a permanent home and the Silkmen faithful will be relying on that equating to goals. Could be a shrewd acquisition.

One to watch

Ben Tomlinson – An unknown quantity to League Two, Tomlinson arrives from Worksop Town where he netted 29 times last season.

Outlook

Gary Simpson has a real job on his hands to steer his side away from the relegation battle once again but I fear that this could be a season to far for plucky Macc.

Predictions Ben: I really hope I’m wrong, but it looks like the Silkmen will struggle to stay in the league this season. Relegation is a real danger.
Danny: Too much improvement elsewhere plus impressive promoted sides could mean the drop for poor Macc.
Maxi: If the new signings don’t pay off, another season of struggle for the Silkmen.
League Two Previews (so far!)
AFC Wimbledon: http://bit.ly/nNEGfl
Accrington Stanley: http://bit.ly/rex3dt
Aldershot Town: http://bit.ly/pRYATg
Bradford City: http://bit.ly/mSLoFU
Bristol Rovers: http://bit.ly/ncn3LD
Burton Albion: http://bit.ly/rknJOQ
Cheltenham Town: http://bit.ly/ng6urV
Crawley Town: http://bit.ly/nJyS0B
Crewe Alexandra: http://bit.ly/pyTBTE
Dagenham and Redbridge: http://bit.ly/nMv5Un
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2 thoughts on “League Two Season Preview 2011/12: Macclesfield Town

  1. Pingback: League Two preview 2011-2012 | Maxi Hobbs

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