Macclesfield sign experienced Football League player, promotion and golden boot winner

    Macclesfield have took to sign experienced Football League player, promotion and golden boot winner Nicky Maynard ahead of 2022/23.

    The 35 year old most recently played as a striker for League Two club Tranmere Rovers, but injury issues have played a part in the amount of appearances he made.

    He began his career at Crewe Alexandra, following over a decade in the club’s Academy, and scored on his senior debut in April 2006 following a successful loan spell at Witton Albion.

    Maynard was named as League One Player of the Month for September 2006 and scored 31 goals in 58 League One games for the club.

    He was sold to Bristol City for a fee of £2.25m in July 2008 and won the Football League Goal of the Year award for 2009 and would score 45 goals in 124 Championship matches across just under four seasons, becoming the division’s joint-top-scorer in 2010.

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    He was sold to West Ham United for an undisclosed fee in January 2012 and was an unused substitute in the club’s play-off final, though did not feature in a Premier League match.

    Nicky joined Cardiff City for a reported £2.75m fee in August 2012 and picked up a serious injury early in the 2012–13 promotion season and was limited to eight Premier League appearances in the following campaign.

    He spent the second half of the 2013–14 season on loan at Wigan Athletic, before joining Milton Keynes Dons in September 2015 and would go on to spent two seasons at the club.

    After time at Scottish Premiership side Aberdeen in 2017–18, he then spent the 2018–19 season with Bury.

    Following issues at the Shakers, Mansfield Town came calling in July 2019, had a loan spell with Newport County, and then went to Tranmere.


    Macclesfield FC are thrilled to announce the signing of lethal goalscorer Nicky Maynard, after he agreed terms with the Club ahead of the 2022/23 campaign.

    Nicky began his career at Arsenal, before progressing through the youth ranks at Crewe Alexandra.

    Ascending into the First Team at Gresty Road, Nicky went on to make 67 appearances for The Railwaymen – scoring an impressive 35 goals.

    Nicky then made the move to Bristol City for a fee of £2.25m in 2008 and he would go on to make 131 appearances for The Robins – scoring 46 goals in the process.

    With a wealth of Clubs vying for his signature, Nicky then joined West Ham United in January 2012 and helped The Hammers return to the Premier League via the Championship play-offs.

    Nicky then crossed the Welsh border to join Cardiff City in August 2012, signing a three-year contract with The Bluebirds.

    Despite making his debut on 2nd September against Wolverhampton Wanderers, Nicky suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament shortly after and this ruled him out of much of the 2012/13 campaign.

    Nicky would make 26 appearances for the Welsh outfit in total – scoring three goals.

    A loan move to Wigan Athletic ensued, before Nicky signed for newly-promoted Championship side, MK Dons in September 2015.

    72 appearances and nine goals later, Nicky crossed the Scottish border to join Aberdeen before returning to England to sign for Bury in September 2018.

    Nicky made 41 appearances, scoring 22 times for the Lancastrians – as he became one of the most feared strikers in the lower leagues.

    In the summer of 2019, Nicky signed for Mansfield Town and was to remain at Field Mill for two seasons – during which time he scored 19 goals in 56 appearances.

    Last season, Nicky reportedly turned down interest from several League One sides to sign for Tranmere Rovers. He would average a goal every three games for the Super White Army before being released earlier in the summer.

    The 35-year-old has made 494 professional appearances in total – scoring 152 goals.

    We are delighted that Nicky has decided to join us here at Macclesfield FC and we wish him every success during his time at the Stadium.

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    Youth career
    1994 – Arsenal
    1994–2005 – Crewe Alexandra

    Senior career
    2005–2008 – Crewe Alexandra – 59 games (32 goals)
    2006 → Witton Albion (loan) – 9 games (2 goals)
    2008–2012 – Bristol City – 124 games (45 goals)
    2012 – West Ham United – 14 games (2 goals)
    2012–2015 – Cardiff City – 22 games (2 goals)
    2014 → Wigan Athletic (loan) – 16 games (4 goals)
    2015–2017 – Milton Keynes Dons – 66 games (8 goals)
    2017–2018 – Aberdeen – 18 games (0 goals)
    2018–2019 – Bury – 37 games (21 goals)
    2019–2021 – Mansfield Town – 50 games (17 goals)
    2021 → Newport County (loan) – 19 games (2 goals)
    2021–2022 – Tranmere Rovers – 10 games (1 goal)

    Fans react as Macclesfield sign the experienced Football League player, promotion and golden boot winner…

    @ventris14 Huge signing this ???

    @kc2310: Grew up singing his name at Crewe. Somehow won’t be doing that now ? Pisstake of a signing for this level.

    @MTFC18: Wow that’s really impressive. Remember seeing him down the moss against us thinking hope he doesn’t score today lol

    @SGS_1992: Now sit back and wait for the comments….??

    @bards1969: Good signing ? ? ? ?

    @CallumDyer8: Ridiculous for the level

    @GrantR1310: Jesus that’s some signing

    @silkmenarmy: This is absolutely bat-shit crazy. The bloke could still do a job in League Two and would be one of the very best in the Conference. We’re tier 8!!! ??? ?⚪️

    @jqckainIey: Hahaha wtf we’re actually loaded

    @CablesNation: Taking the piss these aren’t they ?

    @74EliteRiffRaff: At this point they’re just using the in-game editor on FM

    @edgorton2: What the hell ?

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