Macclesfield Town Club Profile
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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.
Photo 2003-05 Ciderspace

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 since then have concentrated on maintaining their Third Division / League Two status. With crowds that are almost always the lowest in the League, usually an average just about breaking 2,000, the question is how long can they defy the relentless pull of gravity?

The Football Association hearing into whether they misappropriated grants supposed to be spent on ground improvements opens on November 15th, 2005.

Silkman Terrace - away end
Open terracing for the visiting fans.
Photo 2003-05 Ciderspace

Prediction corner :
When we met at Moss Rose last season Macclesfield were going great and their fans were dreaming of an automatic promotion. In the event they fell away and ended in the play-offs where they went out in the semi-finals to Lincoln City. This season it's all gone pear-shaped, with Maccy bottom of the league with only two wins at the time of writing. However Yeovil's record against the Silkmen is not good. Macclesfield were one of only two teams to do the double over the Glovers in last year's title winning campaign, and we have lost on the last three trips up there. A draw, and try again at Huish Park, is our prediction.

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Macclesfield Town : We've Met Before
Previous Results for Yeovil Town First Team vs Macclesfield Town

08/10/1988AwayGMVCW3-21616Own Goal, Randall, Wallace
25/03/1989HomeGMVCW2-02467Spencer, Donnellan
07/10/1989AwayGMVCW2-11519Own Goal, Conning
22/04/1991AwayGMVCL1-2555McDermott 55
27/04/1991HomeGMVCW2-12582Spencer 59, Conning 84
29/02/1992AwayGMVCW2-1701Spencer, Robinson
25/09/1993HomeGMVCW4-02516Sanderson(2), Spencer, Wilson
30/04/1994AwayGMVCW2-1617Spencer, Wilson
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


22/09/2018MorecambeAwayEFL2L1-21622Whitaker 72
29/09/2018Forest Green RoversHomeEFL2D1-11503Wilson 55
02/10/2018Newport CountyAwayEFL2D3-32624Internal Error: Scorer/Score Mismatch
12/10/2018Tranmere RoversAwayEFL2L0-16797
20/10/2018Carlisle UnitedHomeEFL2W2-12153Rose 79, Vincenti 85


Danny Whitaker200002
Koby Arthur200002
Michael Rose200002
Peter Vincenti100001
Harry Smith100001
Jason Shackell100001
Scott Wilson100001
Fiacre Kelleher100001
David Fitzpatrick100001


Highest League Attendance: 2624, vs Mansfield Town, 25/08/2018
Lowest League Attendance: 1496, vs Cheltenham Town, 21/08/2018
Average League Attendance: 2191


Games Without A Win: 0 Games Without A Home Win: 0
Games Without An Away Win: 7 Games Without Defeat: 1
Games Without A Home Defeat: 1 Games Without An Away Defeat: 0
Games Without A Draw: 3 Games Without A Score Draw: 3
Games Without A No-Score Draw: 14 Games Without Scoring: 0
Games Without Conceding: 0 Home Results Sequence: DDLDLW
Away Results Sequence: LLLLDL Overall Results Sequence: LDDLLW

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Macclesfield Town : Club Information
The Moss Rose Ground
London Road
SK11 7SP
(Click for map)

Telephone Number : 01625 264686
Fax : 01625 264692
Clubcall : 09066 555835 (calls charged at premium rate)

Chairman : Rob Bickerton
Press Officer :
Company Secretary : Barrie Darcey
Administration Manager/Assistant Secretary : Dianne Hehir
Manager : Brian Horton
Capacity : 6,335
Seated : 2,599
Terrace : 3,736

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 : Away supporters have the Silkman Terrace (uncovered, nominal capacity 1,350 though supposedly 1,500 tickets have been provided): adults 13.00, all concessions 8.00. Seated accommodation for visitors is up to 403 seats in the McAlpine Stand: adults 17.00, all concessions 12.00.
For some reason Yeovil have put a priority scheme in place, with STHs until 5.00 p.m. Tuesday November 1st, then other fans from Wednesday November 2nd. We can't see plenty of tickets not being available on the day. Full details on the Ciderspace News page, (October 25th).

Disabled Info : Provision is restricted to those registered disabled. Refreshments outlets are accessible. There are no dedicated parking areas on site. The MFC official site states that the club prefers that tickets for disabled supporters be booked 24 hours in advance, phone 01625 264686 to enquire. Prices are the concessionary rate for the part of the ground entered. There are positions for 30 home wheelchair users and 15 away. All positions are pitch side in the McAlpine Stand. Pitch side positions give partial cover with assistant's seats slightly behind. There are 3 adapted toilets, directly behind wheelchair areas. For wheelchair users prices are based on terrace concessions.

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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 or, er, that's about it.
N.B. It is reported this season has seen a serious spate of thefts from and vandalism to cars parked in the streets around the stadium on matchdays. The club is liaising with the local police.

By Rail

The nearest railway station is Macclesfield Station - after leaving turn left and walk up Sunderland Street until reaching the first major crossroads. Left here, and follow London Road for approximately one mile to The Moss Rose which is on your right.

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 Town Official - PTV offering.
Silk Web - Rivals site.
Silkmen MAD - Mad site.

Web Message Boards

Silkchat - official forum. Claims you can read it without registering. It is of course lying. Forum - unofficial forum, read only, registration required to post.
Silkmen MAD - unofficial forum, read only, registration required to post. Hardly used.

E-Mail Mailing Lists

None known

Local Press

Manchester Evening News

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Macclesfield Town : Food & Drink
Club Bar :

Macclesfield used to have a club bar back in their Conference days, but this has now been converted into extra space for the players dressing room area.

Local Pubs :

Macclesfield has a lot of pubs selling decent beer, far more than are listed here. The station, and therefore Waters Green Tavern, are about a mile or so from the ground. About half a mile from Moss Rose are pubs such as the Railway View and Sun Inn, whilst the closest is now the Golden Lion. Supporters who recall Macclesfield from our mutual Conference days should be warned that the pub nearest the ground, The Star Inn, is now closed. Although in Cheshire, Macclesfield feels more like a satellite of Greater Manchester, and beers like Hydes and Robinson's (Stockport) are much in evidence. The local micro-brewery in Macclesfield is Storm. They brew six different beers, but as a part-time enterprise with a total output of five barrels a week it's really a question of trying it when you stumble across it.

Boarhound: A Robinson's outlet. Has a pool room and outdoor area.
Boarhound, 37 Brook Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7AD. Tel: 01625 421200. Map: Click Here.

British Flag: This is a theme pub. You WHAT?! Ah, but the theme is Macclesfield Town, as the landlord is a fan. It's for drinkers - no food. The beers are from the Robinson's range. The pub has large-screen TV, a pool room, table skittles and darts.
British Flag, 42 Coare Street, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK10 1DW. Tel: 01625 425500. Map: Click Here.

Golden Lion: With the closing of The Star Inn this is now the closest pub to the ground, about a quarter of a mile away. It's a fairly big size, and has plenty of home and away supporters in it on matchdays. Serves keg.
Golden Lion, 98 Moss Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7XH. Tel: 01625 423763. Map: Click Here.

Railway View - a wide range of beers
Railway View - a wide range of beers
© Hugh Gleave
Railway View: Opens at 12.00. A five minute walk from the ground just off the main road into the town centre. House beers are Boddingtons, Cains Mild and a Coach House ale, supplemented by up to five guests. Food is available at lunchtime and in the evening. Has Sky.
Railway View, Byrons Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 7JW. Tel: 01625 423657. Map: Click Here.

The Dolphin: Robinson's beers feature here - including the mind blowing Old Tom at 8.5% in winter, which is dispensed by gravity. 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. Map: Click Here.

The Sun Inn
The Sun Inn
© Hugh Gleave
The Sun Inn: This hostelry is half way between the railway station and the stadium. It's a real ale pub with an excellent and wide selection of beers. Has two bars, with Sky and a pool table in one. No children.
The Sun Inn, Mill Lane, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK117NN. Tel: 01625610436. Map: Click Here.

Waters Green Tavern - near the station
Waters Green Tavern - near the station
© Martin Baker
Waters Green Tavern: First port of call for those who have come by train, and possibly for those who haven't. About 200 yards from Macclesfield station, it's in a 'square' with four other hostelries within yards. Opens at 11.00 on Saturdays, though sadly not until 19.00 in the evening if one is waiting for a train home. Apart from that prince of beers Taylor Landlord it usually has five or six guests on, often more unusual regional ones. The food (lunchtimes) is traditional English. Pool table and darts. Sky on the small television.
Waters Green Tavern, 96 Waters Green, Macclesfield, Cheshire, SK11 6LH. Tel: 01625 422653. Map: Click Here.

Likelihood the Natives Will Understand You :

They were always a pretty friendly bunch in Macclesfield we recall from Conference days. A decade in the big time hasn't changed them.

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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