Stat king will be keep­ing a close eye...

Macclesfield Express - - SPORT - STUART GREER

WHEN the FA Tro­phy fi­nal kicks-off on Sun­day one Silk­men su­per­fan will be watch­ing more closely than the rest.

The club’s leg­endary statis­ti­cian and au­thor, Ge­off Knights, has de­voted the past 25 years to record­ing the de­tails of ev­ery game.

But while the 75-year-old won’t be trav­el­ling to Wem­b­ley this time, he will be watch­ing the game on TV in or­der to up­date his metic­u­lous records of the club’s his­tory on his web­site silk­me­nar­chives.org. uk.

Launched five years ago it has been a bi­ble for foot­ball fans all over the globe, with hits from as far afield as China, Rus­sia and Colom­bia.

As well as a de­tailed club his­tory, player pro­files and sea­son re­views, Ge­off has col­lected hun­dreds of pho­to­graphs.

They also in­clude pic­tures of play­ers and fans cel­e­brat­ing dur­ing open-top bus tours.

Ge­off was with family, in­clud­ing wife, Shirley, and chil­dren, Nicky and Chris, for the 1996 win.

The re­tired banker said: “It was a bril­liant day. I knew when that first goal went in it was go­ing to be our day.

“I re­mem­ber af­ter the fi­nal whis­tle we got soaked in the rain watch­ing them col­lect the tro­phy. “It was worth it. “It was a golden era for the club. Four sea­sons in a row we won some­thing and had open-top buses through the town.

“The at­mos­phere in the town was fan­tas­tic.”

Ge­off’s first visit to the Moss Rose was in 1989 but his real in­ter­est in the Silk­men came when he jumped on a coach from his home in Gawsworth to travel to Wem­b­ley for the 1989 FA Tro­phy.

Over the years he formed an al­liance with Chris Pugs­ley, the then un­of­fi­cial sta­tis­tics and his­tory man at the club, and be­tween them they set about record­ing de­tailed sta­tis­tics and mile­stones of ev­ery player and match.

Ge­off later be­came a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor in match­day pro­grammes and even­tu­ally wrote a book ‘The League Story So Far’ in 2009.

Even­tu­ally Ge­off, with help from friend Mike Scott, was able to pull the in­for­ma­tion to­gether for the web­site.

Ge­off said: “It’s a labour of love that has turned into a great re­source for the club and fans. It’s a shame I can’t be there for this fi­nal, but I’ll be cheer­ing on the lads.”

‘It’s a labour of love that has turned into a great re­source for the club’

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