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Macclesfield Town : Club Background
The Main Stand
The Main Stand at The Moss Rose.
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There's been a Macclesfield FC in existence since the mid 1850's, albeit a rugby-playing club originally, but in 1874 MFC changed direction and became an Association Football Club. The move wasn't a success and after several years as founder members of the local Cheshire Combination League, the original club went bankrupt and foundered in 1897. A local amateur side, Halliwell FC, took over the tenancy at the Moss Rose ground and a year later changed their name to - Macclesfield FC.

For a long time the Silkmen were content to play in local leagues, including the North Staffs League and the Manchester League before finding a more permanent home in the Cheshire League, which the club won a total of six times. Macclesfield began gaining a higher profile nationally as founder members of the Northern Premier League in 1968, a competition they went on to win twice, firstly in 1969 and again a year later in 1970, the same year that the Silkmen won the inaugural FA Trophy competition, beating Telford 2-0 in front of 28,000 at Wembley.
Star Lane - the home end
The home end, a mixture of seats and terracing.
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The club couldn't consolidate on this success however and with money problems threatening their continuing existence during the 70's Macclesfield missed out on joining the Alliance Premier League in 1980, remaining in the regional NPL. It was another 8 years before promotion to the top flight of non-league football followed, the Silkmen winning the Northern Premier League in 1988 and going up to the by now renamed Football Conference.

This time the club managed to build on their success and the appointment of Sammy McIlroy as manager in 1993 was the final piece in the jigsaw. The following season the Silkmen won the Conference for the first time, though they were denied the automatic promotion to the Football League that should have been theirs because their ground supposedly fell foul of League regulations. The whole episode was a complete disgrace, as the FL had been allowing League club Chester City to play at Moss Rose for a couple of seasons whilst their new ground was being built. Exeter City were the beneficiaries of the old boy stitch up on this occasion.
The McAlpine Stand
The McAlpine Stand, the major change at Moss Rose since Conference days.
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Macclesfield put that disappointment behind them and returned to Wembley the following season, winning the FA Trophy for the second time in 1996. Good things come in threes as the saying goes, and the following season Maccy proved that true by overhauling Kidderminster's 15 point lead at the top of the table to become Conference champions for the second time in three years. On this occasion a revamped Moss Rose was deemed acceptable by the Football League and Macclesfield were promoted to Division Three.

If the 1996-97 season was memorable for the Silkmen 1997-98 proved pretty exceptional as well, with the club taking Division Three by storm, eventually finishing runners-up and going straight up to Division Two. However the club had perhaps gone too far too fast, and the following year Macclesfield suffered a relegation for the first time in their entire existence. They lost McIlroy to the Northern Ireland manager's job the following season and from that moment onwards were treading water somewhat - 17th, 20th, 19th, 15th ... and then during the 2011-12 season they finished 24th - an apparent end to their 15 year stay in the Football League.

Macclesfield appointed Steve King as their manager for the 2012-13 season, and although he took them to the Fourth Round of the FA Cup - the best record in their club's history - their 11th placed finish wasn't what they were looking for, and so King only lasted the season. They turned to former striker John Askey, who had a 27 game spell in charge during the 2003-04 aseason. He was to carve out a five year spell in charge, that saw them 2016-17 FA Trophy Finalists. During the following season, they were to finish as National League Champions, with Askey taking them back up via a 10 point advantage over the rest of the pack.

If Yeovil Town had lost Gary Johnson straight after our promotion to the Football League, it's unlikely that they would have maintained the momentum that they ultimately did under Johnson. As such Macclesfield's loss of Askey over the summer of 2018, as Shrewsbury Town came calling, was a major blow. Mark Yates was appointed as their boss, but he couldn't carry on Askey's work, lasting just twelve league matches before being sacked in October 2018. As such Macclesfield find themselves in a hellish place - bottom of the Football League in November, currently managerless again, and with just seven points to their name. No club has been promoted from the Conference/National League and then been immediately relegated - Macclesfield will be hoping that trend continues, but at present things don't look good for them.
Silkman Terrace - away end
Open terracing for the visiting fans when there are larger followings.
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Macclesfield Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Macclesfield Town

08/10/1988AwayGMVCW3-21616Wallace, Randall, Own Goal
25/03/1989HomeGMVCW2-02467Donnellan, Spencer
07/10/1989AwayGMVCW2-11519Conning, Own Goal
22/04/1991AwayGMVCL1-2555McDermott 55
27/04/1991HomeGMVCW2-12582Spencer 59, Conning 84
29/02/1992AwayGMVCW2-1701Spencer, Robinson
25/09/1993HomeGMVCW4-02516Sanderson(2), Spencer, Wilson
30/04/1994AwayGMVCW2-1617Wilson, Spencer
27/08/1994HomeGMVCL1-21680Coates 48
30/08/2003AwayDIV3L1-42221Lockwood 63
31/01/2004HomeDIV3D2-25257Edwards 30, Way 60
16/10/2004HomeCCL2L1-25313Way 51
05/02/2005AwayCCL2L1-32471Own Goal 90
05/11/2005AwayFAC1D1-11943Jevons 81
15/11/2005HomeFAC1RW4-04456Way 23, Terry 73, Johnson 75, Davies 90

Results Summary For Yeovil Town First Team vs Macclesfield Town


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Macclesfield Town : Club News
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Macclesfield Town : Club Statistics




Highest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Lowest League Attendance: Not Applicable
Average League Attendance: Not Applicable


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 0 Games Without Defeat: 0
Games Without A Home Defeat: 0 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 0 Games Without A Score Draw: 0
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 0 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence:
Away Results Sequence: Overall Results Sequence:

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Macclesfield Town : Club Information
The Moss Rose Ground
London Road
SK11 7SP
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Telephone Number : 01625 264686
Fax : 01625 264692
Chairman : Mark Blower
Press Officer : Bob Trafford
Company Secretary : Julie Briggs
Administration Manager/Assistant Secretary : Dianne Hehir
Manager : Danny Whitaker and Neil Howarth (Caretakers)

Capacity : 6,355
Seated : 2,599
Terrace : 3,756

Record Attendance : 9,008 vs Winsford United, CSC 2nd round, 4th Feb 1948.

Nickname : The Silkmen
Colours : shirt - royal blue; shorts - white; socks - royal blue with white stripe

Ticket Prices :
Prices for our 2018-19 League Two match against Macclesfield are as follows:

Adults: £22.00; Over-65s: £17.00; Under-25s: £12.00; Under-18s: £6.00; Under-12s: £3.00.

Yeovil Town supporters will be housed in the Big Brand Ideas Stand, which is a seated area housing up to 1,550 spectators. There are up to 403 seats made available to away fans.

For larger allocations they do have the 1,530 capacity John Askey Terrace but this will not be opened. Macclesfield indicate that their policy on the (much cheaper) terrace prices is to only make them available to visiting supporters if the visiting club is also willing to offer Macclesfield's own fans terracing for their return visit. As Yeovil Town only open their terrace for larger away followings, that means we get the same treatment.

If you pay on the day, there is no surcharge. However, you must purchase your ticket from the Away Ticket Office before entering the turnstiles. That office opens at 1.00p.m. for Saturday games.

Disabled Info : Provision is restricted to those registered disabled. Refreshments outlets are accessible. There are no dedicated parking areas on site. Disabled supporters and Wheelchair users pay the relevant price as above, but can admit an assistant free of charge. You'll need to purchase these tickets over the phone - all other tickets are available online as well as over the phone, or in person from the Ticket Office. Disabled tickets must be booked in advance - these are not available on the day of the game.

There are positions for 30 home wheelchair users and 15 away. All positions are pitch side in the Big Brand Ideas Stand. Pitch side positions give partial cover with assistant's seats slightly behind. There are 3 adapted toilets, directly behind wheelchair areas. If you have any special requirements, email or call 01625 264686.

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Macclesfield Town : Directions To The Ground

M5/M6 from the South-West. M1, and we'd use the A50 to avoid Birmingham, from the South-East.

By Road

Exit the M6 at Junction 17 (Sandbach) following the A534 towards Congleton. (If coming from the East on the A50 drop off onto the A34 after Stoke. This links you to the A534 just before Congleton, and is eight miles shorter than going onto and back off the M6.) On reaching Congleton follow the signs for A54 Buxton. Stay on the A54 for around 5 miles and then turn left on to the A523 towards Macclesfield. You will see the ground on your left after entering the outskirts of Macclesfield.

Failing that the ground is well signposted from Macclesfield town centre - follow the signs to Leek on the A523 if all else fails.

Parking: There's plenty of street parking around the ground, but you need to be aware of both double white and double yellow lines in the area. An alternative is the Lyme Green Retail Park, which is 300 yards south of the ground, off London Road.

There is no club car park for away supporters. Macclesfield's policy is to provide space for up to three Supporters Coaches outside the ground, next to the away terrace. Any clubs with more than three coaches must contact to make arrangements.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Macclesfield Station - after leaving turn left and walk up Sunderland Street until reaching the first major crossroads, by a war memorial. Left here, and follow London Road for approximately one mile to The Moss Rose which is on your right. This route also takes you past the Away Ticket Office, next to the Silkmen Cafe.

By Bus

Not known.


A selection of Macclesfield taxi companies can be found here.

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Macclesfield Town : Web Resources
Web Sites

Macclesfield Mad
Even by the standard of the MAD Franchise set of sites, this is spectacularly bad. MAD sites are notorious for being ghost-written by article churners that have nothing to do with the hosting club. In this case even the ghost seems to have given up.

Macclesfield Town Club Website
Macclesfield's main club website, housed under the Football League's standard template for official sites.

Web Message Boards

E-Mail Mailing Lists and Newsletters

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Macclesfield Town : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

The Keith Alexander Bar is situated in the Henshaw's Stand next door to the Sammy Macllroy suite. Whilst the latter is out of bounds for riff-raff, the Keith Alexander Bar is open to both home and away fans.

Local Pubs :

With thirteen years having passed since our last visit to Moss Rose one would expect the beer scene in Macclesfield to have changed somewhat, given the avalanche of breweries and stampede of micro-pubs that have swept the country, and so it has. We were quite excited at the turn of the century to find the town had a micro-brewery producing five barrels equivalent a week, Storm Brewing Company. It’s still going strong, now producing around twenty barrels equivalent a week, and fourteen different beers across the year. There’s an occasional bar at the brewery, but not open at weekends it appears. Meanwhile, RedWillow was launched in 2010, and has become one of the success stories of the brewing new wave, with national distribution of its beers, its cans in supermarkets, and now two Brewery Taps, one in Buxton and of course one in Macclesfield. Although based in a village of the same name a few miles out of Macclesfield, Bollington Brewing Company (founded 2008) now owns a pub in the town, Park Tavern. And inevitably a micro-pub has appeared, The Treacle Tap, though this one prefers to call itself a ‘Beer Parlour’. A Tap and Bottle Shop launched in 2017 in Market Place, Five Clouds Tap & Bottle. They are occasional ‘cuckoo’ brewers so may have some of their own beers on the four taps, along with the wide range of around 350 bottled beers stocked, all of which are available for consumption either ‘in’ or ‘out’.

Macclesfield still has a lot of more traditional pub outlets, far more than are listed here. Although in Cheshire, it feels more like a satellite of Greater Manchester, and Hydes (Salford) and, particularly, Robinsons (Stockport) pubs are in evidence.

The station, and the central town area to the west of it with the greatest concentration of drinking and eating establishments, are between a mile and a mile and a half from the ground. These outlets steadily diminish in number as one heads south along London Road (A523) towards Moss Rose, and for the final half mile there’s nothing much at all. In the vicinity of the stadium there’s only one pub, the Golden Lion (below), the Rainbow Fish & Chip takeaway (but not open till 4.30 p.m. so only a post-match option), and a Burger King (8.00 a.m. – midnight on Saturdays).

At the ground, not that one would know from Macclesfield Town’s Official Website which is a desert for useful information that visiting fans actually want to know about - like food, drink and local amenities – travelling supporters report that The Alexander Bar, named after the late Keith Alexander and situated in the Henshaw's Stand, is open pre-match to away as well as home fans (children allowed). Food within the ground is the usual burgers, hot dogs and chips. A better range and quality of pies and pasties than the football ground norm by Macclesfield bakery, Brassingtons, was also offered, but after running into financial difficulties at the beginning of 2018 reports suggest it may have ceased trading. Whether Moss Rose has found alternative suppliers we can only leave you to discover.

Five Clouds: Third of a mile north-west of the railway station, and a mile and a half from Moss Rose. Slightly hard to pin this one down as has only been open a couple of years and still seems to be in a state of flux and development. As above, latest info suggests the initial opening with a cask and ten keg lines was over ambitious, and its now settled for four beers on draught and an extensive bottle range. It’s also unclear how regularly Five Clouds brew their beers, but they have had two of their own on draught here recently, so for seekers of rarer beers it’s a possible option. Food is occasional pop-ups, but nothing scheduled to coincide with our away trip. Pavement smoking. Opening details vary between sources and are billed as “subject to change”, but roughly expect: Monday – Thursday noon – 10.00 p.m.; Friday to Saturday noon – 11.30 p.m.; Sunday noon – 8.00 p.m.
Five Clouds, 8 Market Place, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1EX. Tel: 01625-429214. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Golden Lion: Part of the Dorbiere Pub Group who own 52 establishments across the Midlands and North, this is an estate pub, and the closest to the football ground by some margin, being less than ten minutes walk away. Has parking, beer garden, sheltered smoking area and BT/Sky Sports and is disabled accessible. Specifically states it welcomes away fans. Usually has two active hand pumps serving cask sourced from LWC Drinks Ltd., whose range of 450 beers supplied covers the whole spectrum from the ubiquitous Greene King IPA and Molson Coor’s Doom Bar to offerings from excellent breweries such as Blue Monkey, Castle Rock, Elland, Moor and Thornbridge, so one is reliant on the lottery of whether the landlord has any real interest in beer and what’s been chosen that week. Around ten keg lines are stocked: expect the usual national and international brands. Some sources suggest they may do pies on matchdays though there’s nothing to confirm this on their website. Opening: noon – 11.30 every day.
Golden Lion, 98 Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7XH. Tel: 01625 423763. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Macc: One of small number of pubs owned by De Bechevel Group around the North-West. They tend to focus on some of the newer ‘craft’ brewers. Towards southern side of the town centre, on London Road, so a walk of 15 minutes from the ground. Regular beers are by Wander Beyond Brewing, a micro-brewery based in Manchester, backed by a changing range of cask and keg generally from other micros. Food of the pie and chips, chilli con, curry type prevalent in many pubs served 5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, noon – 9.00 p.m. Friday to Sunday. Children are welcome until 7.00 p.m. Small beer patio/smoking area to rear. Opening: 4.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m. Monday to Wednesday; 4.00 p.m. – midnight Thursday; noon – midnight Friday and Saturday; noon – 11.30 p.m. Sunday.
Macc, 1 Mill Green, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7PE. Tel: 01625-423704. Map: Click Here.

Park Tavern: Just under the mile due north of Moss Rose stadium. Formerly a Robinson’s pub, having been closed for several years it was bought by Bollington micro-brewers in 2011 and is thus the best place in Macclesfield to find their beers with up to six on cask. Kegs are mostly from small producers, with two lagers by Taddington Brewery, two ciders and a constantly rotating tap for a guest ‘craft’. Food is served Thursday 5.00 p.m. – 9.00 p.m. (Burger Night) and Friday to Sunday noon – 5.00 p.m. of the soups, topped nachos/fries, sandwiches (toasted or otherwise) menu style. There’s a beer garden, smoking area and Sports TV. Also, upstairs, is a c.30 seat cinema (yes you read that correctly!), with Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom showing on the day of our trip. Although 8.00 p.m. is the official start time, wondering if an early departure from whatever dire fare is being served up at Moss Rose might not see them prepared to put on a special matinee showing ;-)? On a main road, and with no space of its own, parking within the immediate vicinity can be problematic. Opening: 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday; noon - midnight Friday and Saturday; noon – 11.00 p.m. Sunday.
Park Tavern, 158 Park Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6UB. Tel: 01625-667846. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Railway View
Railway View
© Hugh Gleave
Railway View: Opens at 12.00. A five minute walk from the ground just off the main road into the town centre. Went under new management around 2016, and finding out what they offer these days has been hard. It appears to still be there though.
Railway View, Byrons Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7JW. Tel: 01625 423657. Map: Click Here.

RedWillow: RedWillow Tap for RedWillow Brewery so their beers naturally feature heavily on the seven hand and fifteen keg pumps, but a wide and changing variety from other micro-breweries are also showcased. One hand pump is always dedicated to a real cider from a small producer. No national brands are stocked, either on cask or keg. Wines, spirits, soft drinks etc. are also available, with an impressive range of craft gins. Food comprises pizzas from an on-site stone baked oven, charcuterie meat and cheese platters, and various hot and cold sharing style bar snacks. Food times: Tuesday to Thursday 4:00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.; Friday 3.00 p.m. – 9.30 p.m.; Saturday noon – 9.30 p.m.; Sunday noon – 7.30 p.m. Disabled, children and dog friendly inside, there’s a smoking area with a couple of tables on the pavement outside. Opening hours are: Tuesday to Wednesday 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.; Thursday 4.00 p.m. – midnight; Friday to Saturday noon – midnight; Sunday noon – 10.30 p.m. Exactly one mile walk to Moss Rose.
RedWillow, 32a Park Green, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7NA. Tel: 01625-830718. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Silk Trader: A Robinson's outlet that used to be known as the Boarhound. It's situated close to the station. Has a pool room and outdoor area.
Silk Trader, 37 Brook Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7AD. Tel: 01625 421200. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

The Dolphin: Robinson's beers feature here. A community street corner local, there is food at lunchtime and children are welcome.
The Dolphin, 76, Windmill Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7HS. Tel: 01625 616179. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Treacle Tap: Micro pub just a few hundred yards south from the railway station (so a 20 minute walk to the stadium), with three hand pumps serving constantly rotating beers from micro-breweries with an emphasis on the local. Food is a house selection of bread, charcuterie, cheese & olives (vegetarian option available) for £6.90, served from opening until 10.00 p.m. Opening: Monday to Thursday 4.00 p.m. – 11.00 p.m.; Friday to Saturday noon – midnight; Sunday noon – 11.00 p.m. (Children welcome up until 8.00 p.m.)
Treacle Tap, 43 Sunderland Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6JL. Tel: 01625-615938. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Waters Green Tavern - near the station
Waters Green Tavern - near the station
© Martin Baker
Waters Green Tavern: Situated 1.3 miles from the stadium. Free House run by the same family for over thirty years, and a GBG fixture for more than twenty. About 150 yards west from Macclesfield station, it’s open plan but with distinct areas including a pool table and darts. Has outdoor area/beer garden/smoking zone. No website, but there’s an active Facebook page that regularly updates what beers are on the seven hand pumps for those who wish to check prior to a visit. Focuses on smaller, but established, breweries. Also usually a real cider or perry on. The food is mostly from the traditional English style, and available lunchtimes. Opening: Monday to Friday noon - 3.00 p.m. and 5.00 p.m. - 11.00 p.m.; Saturday noon – 11.00 p.m.; Sunday noon - 10.30 p.m.
Waters Green Tavern, 96 Waters Green, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6LH. Tel: 01625 422653. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Wharf: There are far fewer Macclesfield pubs to the east of the railway line than the west, but this backstreet one room Free House is one, and worth the (very minor) detour. Around a twenty minute walk from Moss Rose. Reopened in 2011 after a period of closure it’s a wet lead pub focusing on real ale and music, with Butcombe’s Original the ‘house’ beer plus four changing pumps sourced from a wide range of breweries. Has a beer garden and smoking area. There’s a somewhat odd selection of opening hours, and thus from our point of view only of use for those seeking a post-match drink to celebrate victory or drown the sorrow of defeat: Monday noon – 2.30 p.m. and 4.00 p.m. - 11:30 p.m.; Tuesday to Thursday 4.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.; Friday noon – midnight; Saturday 3.00 p.m. – midnight; Sunday 3.00 p.m. – 11.30 p.m.
Wharf, 107 Brook Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7AW. Website: Click Here. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

They were always a pretty friendly bunch in Macclesfield we recall from Conference days. Don't expect that to have changed too much.

Top-Tip :

Want to relive those Non-League days? Time-warp stadia, small crowds, huddled on uncovered terracing, affable atmosphere. Then The Moss Rose is the place for you. They won't let you change ends at half-time.......but they might as well.

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Macclesfield Town : Local Amenities
Local Guesthouses and Hotels

Go to A1 Tourism's Online Guide to find Guest Houses/Hotels in the town and surrounding areas.

Other Points Of Interest

Macclesfield, formerly known as the silk capital of England, though few silk mills are still in operation today; is a market town in Cheshire on the ege of the Peak District National Park. The Jodrell Bank Observatory is nearby. That well-known and highly respected popular music beat group 'The Macc Lads' come from the town, allegedly.

[No responsibilty is taken for any inaccuracies. This page is entirely the product of bias and prejudice.]

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