Hon­our­ing leg­end Lando

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT -

THE Silk­men come faceto-face with lo­cal ri­vals Stock­port County in Richard Landon’s tes­ti­mo­nial this Satur­day (3pm KO).

And County kitman Landon – who scored Macc’s first win­ning goal as a Foot­ball League club in 1997 – is hop­ing for a great oc­ca­sion as two clubs for whom he has such af­fec­tion meet.

The for­mer Ply­mouth striker, now 44, spent two years at Edge­ley Park in the mid-1990s, which in­cluded a loan spell at the Moss Rose. Hav­ing then joined the Silk­men per­ma­nently in 1997, he net­ted the win­ner in a 2-1 win against Torquay.

Landon (above)

also net­ted the club’s first away league goal, and re­served a word of praise for then­man­ager Sammy McIl­roy.

“I’m grate­ful to every­one who has given me the chance to play league foot­ball,” Landon said.

“How­ever, Sammy not only kept me in league foot­ball but he also gave me the chance to stay in­volved in foot­ball.

“I was 31 and he of­fered me a job; I was at that stage where I was think­ing about whether to get a proper job or try and play on, think­ing I could still do a job for some­one.

“I de­cided to take him up on his of­fer and, I’ve got to say, I’ve loved ev­ery minute of it since.”

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