Macclesfield golfer Jamie Donaldson brought the sporting spotlight on Macclesfield by playing a key role in Europe’s Ryder Cup triumph.

The Mottram-based sportsman, who is also vice-president of Macclesfield Golf Club, helped the European team win the tournament last month after being selected to play in it for the first time.

But Jamie’s not the first athlete to put Macclesfield on the map when it comes to sporting prowess.

The town’s history is littered with athletes who have triumphed at the top of their chosen sport.

Bob Burrows, of Beech Bank, Macclesfield, wrote the book ‘Macclesfield Hall of Fame’, about key figures who are from or lived in the town and made a contribution to the history and social culture of Great Britain.

He said: “When I wrote my book in 2010 I wrote about Jamie as his talent was clear to see then.

“But then there’s so many sporting superstars from Macclesfield – England cricketer John Agnew, cricketer Fred Millett, cyclist Reg Harris, former England Rugby Union player Steve Smith, one of Britain’s most famous Hockey players Sean Kerley – the list goes on.

“For a town of its size it has produced so many people that have risen to the top of their fields.”

One of the town’s most famous sporting exports is Sir Ben Ainslie, who was born in the town and spent his formative years learning to sail on Redesmere Lake in Siddington.

Sailing champion Ben Ainslie

The four-time Olympic gold medallist is the most successful sailor in the competition’s history.

A former King’s School pupil, England cricket coach Peter Moores grew up in a house on Chester Road in Macclesfield and would play with an old bat and tennis ball with his brothers in a playground near Christ Church.

It was in his early years playing in the streets, and then at school and at Macclesfield Cricket Club, where he developed the skills as a wicket-keeper and batsman which would see him score 7,000 first class runs and take over 500 catches – and coach Sussex to a County Championship in 2003, and Lancashire to the title in 2011 - making him the only coach to have won with two different counties.

Dame Sarah Storey is another of Macclesfield’s most famous athletes. She has won 22 Paralympic medals – 11 of which are gold medals.

Former Poynton High School student Sarah, who lives in Disley, is also a 20-time world champion in swimming and cycling, a 21-time European champion and has held 72 different world records.

Sarah Storey with her gold medal at the British Cycling National Track Championships in Manchester. Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Another Paralympian, Libby Clegg, was born in Bollington and went to St Gregory’s Primary School. She is a Paralympic silver medallist and current World Champion in the T12 100m and 200m sprints.

Stoke City’s Peter Crouch lived in Poynton for the first six months of his life and now lives in Prestbury.

Another slew of football stars have also taken up residence in affluent Prestbury’s, including Wayne Rooney and former-pro Robbie Savage.

Someone who’s more used talking about rather than playing sport is Alan Green, one of the BBC’s most controversial, and respected, commentators, who lives in the town.

And up and coming professional boxer and proud ‘Macc Lad’ Liam Hanrahan is also making a name for himself in the ring.

Former England Rugby Union captain Fran Cotton - famous for the ‘mudman’ image snapped during a game against the Junior All Blacks - also lives in Sutton.

Macclesfield MP David Rutley also praised the town’s sporting legacy.

He said: “What this list shows is that it’s not just traditional sports like football we have, there’s a rich vein of sporting talent.”

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