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Colne appoint ex-Man Utd, Man City, Preston, Crystal Palace, Barnsley player

Colne appoint ex-Man Utd, Man City, Preston, Crystal Palace, Barnsley player Jon Macken as their new manager earlier this week.

During his playing days, the 44 year old was a striker between the years of 1995 and 2015. 

He began his career with Manchester United in 1995 but was released two years later after failing to make a first-team appearance.

He joined Preston 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 while there, moved to IpswicH 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.


Colne Football Club are delighted to announce Jon Macken as the Club’s new Head Coach, replacing Nathan Rooney who resigned Tuesday.

The former Preston North End and Manchester City striker has agreed contract with the club until the end of the 2023 season and will be in attendance as we entertain Kendal Town this coming Saturday.

Jon said “I’m delighted to have this opportunity with such a progressive club. Having met the Chairman and Board representatives, it’s clear everything is in place to be successful.

I have been at the club before as an opposition manager and I had a great feel for the place, and especially the fans who are fantastic.”

Macken, a UEFA A Licence coach who previously managed Radcliffe to promotion from this league in the 2018/19 season is set to be introduced to the players tonight at training before taking charge on New Years Day.

Chairman Ryan Haigh added “Jon was our number one target and to get it done so quickly is great for the club and the fanbase. Having spoken to Jon, we are confident he can build on the foundations already within the club and we are now looking forward to an new era at the Football Club.

An announcement on Jon’s backroom staff will be made in due course.

Welcome to the Red Army ‘Gaffer’.


Youth career
1995–1996 Manchester United

Senior career
1996–1997 – Manchester United
1997–2002 – Preston North End – 189 games (63 goals)
2002–2005 – Manchester City – 51 games (7 goals)
2005–2007 – Crystal Palace – 25 games (2 goals)
2006–2007 → Ipswich Town (loan) – 14 games (3 goals)
2007–2008 – Derby County – 11 games (0 goals)
2007 → Barnsley (loan) – 11 games (3 goals)
2008–2010 – Barnsley – 94 games (18 goals)
2010–2012 – Walsall – 76 games (21 goals)
2012–2013 – Northwich Victoria – 7 games (2 goals)
2013 Stockport County – 13 games (1 goal)
2015 Bamber Bridge
Total – 491 games (120 goals)

National team
1997 – England U20
2004 – Republic of Ireland

Twitter users reacted as Colne appoint the ex-Man Utd, Man City, Preston, Crystal Palace, Barnsley player…

@oatesymcfc84: All the best @Jonpmacken, you did at great job at @radcliffeboro. I’m sure you will do the same at @Colne_FC

@Andy_Brock98: Some guy one of my hero’s when I was young! That header at spurs 🤣

@KarenFaz: Burnley’s nemesis for so long, great appointment this @Colne_FC

@StevenCunny: Good luck My mate, great club with great supporters.

@ajpmiller7: Massive congratulations @Jonpmacken wish all the best mate, definitely coming up soon to cheer you on

@andyh61105275: Super Jonny macken

@rogerar71273201: Quality appointment by colne done a terrific job at Radcliffe good luck Jon

@LazyPolitics: Legend of the game

@kendraytyke77: Bet he could still do a job up front for us. I like him me.

@biggs_david: What a signing that is !!!!

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