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Macclesfield: 10 Things

Posted by Kelly Gilchrist
Posted on Fri 18 Apr 2014
Posted in First Team

1.   In the April 2011 issue of the football magazine FourFourTwo, Macclesfield Town supporters were voted “League Two Best Away Fans”

2.   Stephen Morris of New Order and actor Marshall Lancaster; best known for playing DC Chris Skelton in the BBC time-travel police dramas, Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, are two of Macclesfield Town’s famous fans.

3.   Manchester United striker Robin van Persie lives just three miles away from Macclesfield’s Moss Rose ground.

4.   The club actually started off as a rugby union outfit.

5.   Macclesfield Town are nicknamed The Silkmen because the area used to be famous for its silk mills.

6.   Euro 96 winners Germany used Moss Rose as a training base during the championships.

7.   They owe their blue shirts to an early benefactor who donated genuine silk shirts to the team from the leftovers of an unsold lot of textile.

8.   Macclesfield were the first side to win the FA Trophy back in 1969/70 with a 2-0 victory over Telford in front of 28,000 at the old Wembley stadium.

9.   Chris Priest, a Macclesfield Town player at the time, scored the final goal of the last millennium.

10. Macclesfield Town’s traditional rivals are Altrincham, a rivalry dating back to when both clubs were in the Cheshire League, and later the Northern Premier League and Football Conference. As far back as 1911 the Macclesfield and Altrincham teams were engaged in a close tussle for the Manchester League title – won narrowly by the Silkmen. However, the clubs have not shared the same division since the 1996–97 season when Macclesfield Town were promoted and Altrincham were relegated from the Football Conference. 

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