Another former Premier League player signs for Macclesfield FC

By Alex Greensmith

4th Aug 2022 | Local News

Danny Whitaker shakes hands with new signing Nicky Maynard. (Image - Macclesfield FC)
Danny Whitaker shakes hands with new signing Nicky Maynard. (Image - Macclesfield FC)

Macclesfield FC have signed their fourth-ever former Premier League Player.

Nicky Maynard (35), who is from Cheshire himself, joins The Silkmen for the 2022/23 campaign in the Northern Premier League West Division.

He has been on the books of three Premier League sides, and even made his professional debut for a football club in Cheshire East.

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

Nicky made his professional debut for The Railwaymen, just like Macclesfield FC Director of Football Robbie Savage. (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

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.

He played just once in the subsequent top flight season, scoring once in the cup.

West Ham United footballer, Nicky Maynard, warming up before West Ham's game and win against Millwall in 2012. (Image - CC 3.0 Unchanged Egghead06)

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

It was here where he made eight appearances in the Premier League for 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.

The Macclesfield FC move marks Maynard's first move into non-league football. (Image.- Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub news)

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.

Nicky Maynard, on the pitch at Wembley before the 2012 Football League Championship play-off final, when they would earn promotion to the Premier League. (Image - CC 3.0 Unchanged Egghead06

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 25-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," said the Club.

The father-of-two joins Macclesfield as his 14th club.

Could Nicky help The Silkmen get promoted again this season? (Image - Alexander Greensmith / Macclesfield Nub News)

The Silkmen play Wythenshawe in the FA Cup this weekend, before their first match of the league campaign is at home to Clitheroe.

Maynard is the fourth player to have played in England's top football division, as well as Macclesfield FC.

The other three are Neil Danns, Alex Bruce and recent signing Zeki Fryers.

Danny Whitaker joins an illustrious list of managers to manage Maynard, which includes Sam Allardyce and Ole Gunnar Solskjær.

See Also: Premier League players to have played football in Macclesfield

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