Jon Macken

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Jon Macken
Macken in 2007
Personal information
Full name Jonathan Paul Macken
Date of birth (1977-09-07) 7 September 1977 (age 41)
Place of birth Blackley, England
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1995–1996 Manchester United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1996–1997 Manchester United 0 (0)
1997–2002 Preston North End 189 (63)
2002–2005 Manchester City 51 (7)
2005–2007 Crystal Palace 25 (2)
2006–2007Ipswich Town (loan) 14 (3)
2007–2008 Derby County 11 (0)
2007Barnsley (loan) 11 (3)
2008–2010 Barnsley 94 (18)
2010–2012 Walsall 76 (21)
2012–2013 Northwich Victoria 7 (2)
2013 Stockport County 13 (1)
2015 Bamber Bridge 1 (0)
Total 491 (120)
National team
1997 England U20 1 (0)
2004 Republic of Ireland 1 (0)
Teams managed
2017– Radcliffe Borough
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:06, 14 April 2013 (UTC)

Jonathan Paul Macken (born 7 September 1977 in Blackley, Manchester) is an English-born Irish former footballer who played as a striker. He moved into management and is current manager at non-league club Radcliffe Borough.

He began his career with Premier League side Manchester United in 1995 but was released two years later after failing to make a first-team appearance. He joined Preston North End for £250,000 and managed to notch up 63 goals in 189 league matches until his departure to Manchester City in 2002. Macken eventually made his first Premier League appearance for City. He only managed to score seven goals in 51 appearances during his three years with City but notably scored against United in the Manchester derby in 2004. He signed for Crystal Palace in 2005 and whilst there moved to Ipswich Town on loan. In 2007, he moved again to Derby County but was loaned out to Barnsley after failing to make an impact at Pride Park where he failed to score in 11 league appearances. He joined Barnsley permanently in 2008 and moved again to Walsall two years later. He was released by The Saddlers at the end of the 2011–12 season and joined Northern Premier League side Northwich Victoria, before joining Stockport County briefly in 2013.

He has one international cap for the Republic of Ireland which he earned in 2004 whilst a Manchester City player.

Playing career[edit]

Preston North End[edit]

Macken began his career at Manchester United and signed professional in 1996, but never played a first-team game for them and left on 22 July 1997 in a £250,000[1] move to Preston North End in 1997.

He scored over 70 goals at Preston, twice winning the Player of the Year award. In 1999-2000, under David Moyes, 25 goals from Macken saw Preston win the Second Division title.[1]

Manchester City[edit]

Following this success, Macken moved into the Premier League with a transfer to Manchester City in February 2002, for a fee of £5,000,000.[1] He is most remembered at City for scoring the winner in the 4-3 comeback win against Tottenham in the 2003–04 FA Cup on 4 February.[2] However, he was severely hampered by a succession of injuries, and only made 27 league starts in over three years. This downturn in his career brought about a move away from Manchester and Macken joined Crystal Palace in the summer of 2005 for £1,100,000.

Crystal Palace[edit]

Initially, Macken did not get into the Palace team, and was behind England international Andrew Johnson and Republic of Ireland international Clinton Morrison. An injury to Johnson gave him a chance, initially, but then he himself got injured. His own replacement, Dougie Freedman showed good form, and despite a recovery from injury, Macken did not get back in the team.

However, things turned upwards from there. Poor form by Morrison in the run-up to the Christmas period gave Macken his chance, and he scored his first competitive goal for Palace in the game at Coventry City, on 14 October 2005 (he had previously scored in a pre-season friendly), and scored again on 26 December, at Ipswich Town, although he was later sent off.

More injuries then continued to limit his chances, and the partnership with Johnson continued to alternate between Morrison and Dougie Freedman, with many fans voicing their discontent that Macken was not living up to his price-tag. Johnson was sold to Everton, prompting the return of Sándor Torghelle to the club from his loan at Panathinaikos, creating speculation that Macken may be leaving the club, but the appointment of Peter Taylor as manager appeared to silence this. Taylor, a known fan of Macken, had reportedly tried to sign him for Hull, while he was in charge there.[3]

Torghelle left permanently for Greece, but again his playing opportunities were limited. On deadline-day of the Summer 2006 transfer window, he made a further move to Ipswich Town in The Championship, this time on loan, being handed the number 27 shirt. The loan was finally agreed when Ipswich agreed to pay an increased proportion of his wages.[4] Macken scored three goals for the Tractor Boys before returning to Selhurst Park.

Derby County[edit]

On 31 January 2007 Macken joined Derby County on a free transfer. Derby were promoted to the Premier League at the end of the 2006–07 season, but he failed to win a regular place, or even score for The Rams, and was loaned out to Championship side Barnsley for two months in November 2007. Although he was recalled on 27 December 2007[5] he eventually signed a permanent deal with the Tykes on 28 January 2008 for an undisclosed six-figure fee.


Macken initially joined Barnsley on 1 November 2007, on loan from Derby County. He made his debut against the club that made his name, Preston North End. He remained goalless for his first nine games, despite having produced a string of fine performances. On 22 December, he scored his first Barnsley goal against promotion chasing Bristol City after a fine run and shot.

The goals were flowing for Macken and he notched a brace against Stoke City on 26 December. First a header from a Martin Devaney corner. His second goal came courtesy of a Kayode Odejayi knock-down from another Devaney cross. He then returned to Derby after Paul Jewell took over.

He made a couple of substitute appearances for the Rams but his inevitable return to Barnsley was secured on 28 January 2008 for £200,000.

The next day, he marked his return with a fine finish in the home game with Colchester United. He bagged the second goal in a 2–1 win over West Bromwich Albion on 9 February and he was again on the scoresheet as the Reds thrashed Ipswich Town on 11 March.

He was released by Barnsley after the 2009–10 season and left when his contract expired in June.[6]


On 19 August 2010, League One club Walsall signed Macken on a one-year deal with the option of a further year.[7] On 9 May 2012 it was announced that Macken had been released by Walsall.

Northwich Victoria[edit]

On 9 October 2012 it was reported that Macken had signed for Northwich Victoria.[8] He made his debut for the club in a 1–1 draw at Newcastle Town, as an 80th-minute substitute, that evening.[9]

Stockport County[edit]

On 31 January 2013, it was announced by Stockport County that Jon Macken had signed until the end of the 2012–13 season on a free transfer. Along with Mark Cullen and Jake Fowler, he was the first signing by new manager Darije Kalezić.[10]

Macken made his Stockport debut as a second-half substitute in County's 3–2 home win over Nuneaton Town on 2 February. He scored his first goal for the club against rivals Macclesfield Town on 30 March. Following their relegation from the Conference National, he was released.

Bamber Bridge[edit]

On 24 February 2015, Macken came out of retirement to sign for Bamber Bridge.[11] He made his debut in a 2–1 defeat to Darlington 1883 on 28 February.[12]


Macken represented the England U-20 team at the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship, earning one cap.

He then went on to represent the Republic of Ireland at full international level, playing once on 18 August 2004 in a friendly 1-1 home draw with Bulgaria, coming on for Clinton Morrison after 63 minutes.[13]

Management career[edit]

In September 2017 he was appointed as manager of non-league club Radcliffe Borough.[14]


Preston North End
Derby County
  • Preston North End Player of The Year (1): 2001
  • Football League Second Division Team of The year (1): 2000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c
  2. ^ "Tottenham 3–4 Man City". BBC. 4 February 2004. Retrieved 14 August 2009.
  3. ^ Hull City Football Club:Crystal Palace forward Jon Macken is reportedly a target for the Tigers – FansFC Archived 26 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2006. Retrieved 2006-09-01.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ "Barnsley bag Rams striker Macken". BBC News. 1 November 2007.
  6. ^ "Hugo Colace offered new contract". BBC Sport. 3 May 2010. Retrieved 3 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Saddlers seal double deal". Sky Sports. 19 August 2010. Retrieved 20 August 2010.
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  11. ^ "Macken joins Brig". Lancashire Evening Post. Johnston Publishing. 24 February 2015. Retrieved 28 February 2015.
  12. ^ Stoddart, Craig (28 February 2015). "Darlington take three much-needed points". The Northern Echo. Newsquest (North East). Retrieved 28 February 2015.
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  14. ^ Stoddart, Craig (17 September 2017). "Macken Coup For Radcliffe Borough". Non League Pitchero. Retrieved 18 September 2017.

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