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Macclesfield Town
Macclesfield Town FC.svg
Full name Macclesfield Town Football Club
Nickname(s) The Silkmen
Founded 1874; 144 years ago (1874) (as Macclesfield)
Ground Moss Rose
Capacity 6,335 (2,599 seated)
Chairman Mark Blower
Manager Vacant
League League Two
2017–18 National League, 1st of 24 (promoted)
Website Club website
Current season

Macclesfield Town Football Club is a professional association football club based in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England. The club currently plays in League Two, the fourth tier of English football, after winning the 2017-18 National League title.

The club was formed in 1876 and play home games at the 6335 capacity Moss Rose stadium. They were members of the Football League for 15 seasons from 1997 until 2012, playing in the Second Division (now League One) in the 1998–99 season.


The beginnings of Macclesfield Town Football Club can be traced, at least in part, to the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers who were formed in 1873 and played regularly in Macclesfield from October 1874. It was agreed at a public meeting on 21 October 1876 that the 8th Cheshire Rifle Volunteers and the Olympic Cricket club teams be merged to form Macclesfield Football Club: initially matches alternated between association and rugby rules. At the beginning of the 1878-79 Macclesfield United Football Club merged with Macclesfield Football Club. The club played in the FA Cup competition for the first time on 18 November 1882, losing 3-4 to Lockwood Brothers and entered the Cheshire Senior Cup for the first time in the 1879-80 season, winning this competition for the first time on 22 March 1890 when they beat Nantwich 4-1 and went on to be winners on three more occasions before the turn of the century.

Became members of The Combination at the start of the 1890-91 season and moved from Victoria Road to the Moss Rose on 12 September 1891 which remains the home of the Silkmen today. In July 1894 the first limited company, Macclesfield Football and Athletic Club Limited, was formed but only lasted until the end of the 1896-97 season when it was wound up and Macclesfield Football Club withdrew from The Combination due to financial constraints. For the 1897-98 season, and the following two seasons, local amateur side Hallefield moved their fixtures to the Moss Rose.

Having re-formed, the Club became members of the Manchester League for the 1900-01 season and were champions in the 1908-09 and 1910-11 seasons. They fielded two senior teams for the 1911-12 season, continuing in the Manchester League with the second team competing in the Lancashire Combination 2nd Division. Having withdrawn from the Manchester League at the end of the 1911-12 season, the club reverted to one senior team for the 1912-13 season which competed in the Lancashire Combination 2nd Division. They gained promotion as runners-up at the end of the 1913-14 season to compete in the 1st Division for the 1914-15 season. In line with all other football clubs after a decree by the government there was no further competitive football at the Moss Rose during hostilities.

Became inaugural members of the Cheshire League at the start of the 1919-20 season of which they were champions in the 1931-32 and 1932-33 seasons. In the 1933-34 season, Albert Valentine set an all-time club record scoring 83 goals in the season. The first ever manager, James Stevenson, was appointed for the 1936-37 season. Between 1900 and 1939 they won the Cheshire Senior Cup three times (1910–11, 1929–30 and 1934–35). Although a member of the Cheshire War-time League (1939 West Series and 1940 East Series), due to dwindling attendances and increasing debts Macclesfield withdrew from the league at the end of the 1939-40 season and no further football was played on the Moss Rose during the Second World War. It would be just prior to the 1946-47 season before the outstanding debts were settled.

When competitive football resumed after World War II, Macclesfield Town Football Club Ltd. was formed and the club gained their current name.[1] The club re-joined the Cheshire County League in 1946–47, playing their first game after reformation on 31 August, 1946, a 2–0 defeat to Buxton.[2] The club's form in the remainder of the 1940s was largely indifferent, with the exception of a Cheshire League Challenge Cup win in 1948. The 1950s proved more successful, with four trophies in as many years from 1951–1954, including the club's first Cheshire League title in 20 years in 1953, though the team's fortunes faded in the latter half of the decade.

Macclesfield Town progressed through four qualifying rounds to make their first appearance in the FA Cup first round in 1960 under manager Frank Bowyer, but lost 7–2 to Southport.[3] At the end of that season the club won the Cheshire League, beginning a nine-year period in which they won three league titles and finished no lower than fifth, and in 1964 won the Cheshire League by a record equalling thirteen point margin.[4] The club reached the FA Cup third round for the first time in 1968, meeting First Division Fulham at Craven Cottage. Macclesfield Town lost 4–2, but the performance resulted in Macclesfield Town's Keith Goalen becoming the first ever non-league player to be named Footballer of the Month by the London Evening Standard.[5]

The club were founder members of the Northern Premier League, one of three leagues at the fifth tier of English football, upon its creation in 1968. Macclesfield Town were champions in each of the first two seasons of the competition, finishing twelve points clear in 1968–69, and by goal average in 1969–70. The 1969–70 season also resulted in a trip to Wembley for the inaugural final of the FA Trophy, a knockout competition for non-league clubs. Macclesfield Town defeated Telford United 2–0 in front of more than 28,000 spectators to win the competition.[6] A period of decline then followed, despite the performances of Willie Mailey in goal, and the side's fortunes reached a nadir when the club finished bottom of the Northern Premier League in 1979, a year when the stronger teams from the division formed the national Alliance Premier League (now known as the National League). The 1980s saw steady rebuilding. The club finished as Northern Premier League runners-up in the 1984–85 season.

Promotion to the Football Conference

Macclesfield Town's third Northern Premier League title in the 1986-87 season resulted in promotion to the Football Conference.

Macclesfield Town finished in mid-table in their first Conference season, and eliminated two League teams, Carlisle and Rotherham from the FA Cup. The club reached the FA Trophy final for the second time in 1989, facing Telford United, the same opponents as Macclesfield Town's first final nineteen years earlier. However, the team did not match the achievement of their predecessors, losing 1–0. From a high of a fourth place league finish in 1989–90, Macclesfield Town's final standing diminished each season, and following a struggle against relegation in 1992–93, manager Peter Wragg was sacked, and replaced with former Manchester United midfielder Sammy McIlroy.

McIlroy era and promotion to the Football League

McIlroy took charge at the start of the 1993–94 season, and guided the club to the Football Conference championship in his second season as manager. However. the club was denied promotion to the Football League because the Moss Rose did not meet league requirements of having a 6,000 total capacity including at least 1,000 seats by the League's deadline of 31 December 1994.[7] Macclesfield Town won the Conference title again two seasons later in 1996–97, by which time the stadium had been upgraded and they were promoted to Division Three of the Football League in place of Hereford United.

Upon gaining League status, the club turned fully professional.[8] Macclesfield Town's first League match was a 2–1 win at home to Torquay United. The momentum of the Conference success continued, and in their first League season, Macclesfield Town finished runners-up in Division Three and were promoted for the second consecutive season, this time to Division Two. It was a memorable year for the club, who were unbeaten at home for the entire season. However, the higher level proved a step too far for the club, who finished the 1998–99 season bottom of Division Two and were relegated. McIlroy soon left to become the Northern Ireland national coach and was replaced by former Manchester United colleague Peter Davenport. A dismal start to the following season cost Davenport his job though, and Gil Prescott took over for the remainder of the season, keeping Macclesfield Town clear of relegation. David Moss in turn succeeded Prescott as manager and delivered two decent mid-table finishes, but a bad start to the 2003–04 season resulted in his sacking. Club stalwart John Askey succeeded Moss initially on a temporary basis, and earned the job permanently with some promising early results. However, a terrible run of one win in three months meant that Askey's term as manager was short-lived.

In March 2004, with relegation to the Conference threatening, Macclesfield Town turned to the experienced 55-year-old Brian Horton to take charge. Horton reinvigorated Macclesfield Town and achieved a finish of fifth for the 2004–05 season, resulting in a playoff place, but the team were eliminated in the semi-finals by Lincoln City. However, 2005–06 proved disappointing with the team failing to build on the previous season's progress, finishing an undistinguished 17th. Horton was sacked by the club in late September 2006, following a dismal start to the season in which Horton failed to secure a win in the twelve games prior to his dismissal, leaving the club bottom of the Football League.

On 23 October 2006, Paul Ince was confirmed as Macclesfield Town's new player-manager. He lost his first match in charge 3–2 to Mansfield Town, and it took Macclesfield Town until twenty games into the season to record their first league win under Ince on 5 December 2006. The team then went on a nine match unbeaten run, which not only gave Ince his first manager of the month award when he was League Two Manager of the Month for December 2006, but also earned the Silkmen an FA Cup tie against then English champions Chelsea away in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, which Town lost 6–1. They were then just able to survive after drawing 1–1 with Notts County on the final day of the 2006–07 season, after a poor run of results landed the team back in the relegation zone; this game also saw the last appearance (and booking) of Paul Ince as a professional footballer. On 24 June 2006, it was announced that Ince had resigned from Macclesfield town to become MK Dons manager.[9]

On 29 June 2007, Ian Brightwell was announced as the new manager, with Asa Hartford as his assistant.[10] Macclesfield Town started the 2007–08 season away with a 1–1 draw to former Premier League club Bradford City and narrowly lost 1–0 to another former Premier League team Leeds United in the first round of the Football League Cup. Away from the pitch, in January 2008, Chairman Rob Bickerton left the club after 7 years to join Shrewsbury Town. He was replaced by club supporter Mike Rance, with ex-player Andy Scott, founder of Bank Fashion Retail stores, as Vice-Chairman.

Following a poor run of results and with the club again flirting with the relegation zone to the Football Conference, on 27 February 2008, Ian Brightwell and Asa Hartford left the club with immediate effect. Keith Alexander was named as manager until the end of the season. Alexander kept the Silkmen in League 2 following a run of four wins and three draws in nine games and was awarded a new two-year contract.

On 3 March 2010, Macclesfield Town announced that manager Keith Alexander had died at the age of 53.[11] Alexander, who suffered a brain aneurysm in November 2003, died after arriving home from the League Two match at Notts County. Subsequently, on 13 April 2010, Macclesfield Town announced Gary Simpson, previously Keith Alexander's Assistant, as manager on a two-year contract in May 2011.,[12] which was subsequently extended by a further year.[12]

On 10 January 2011, it was announced that midfield player Richard Butcher had died aged 29.[13] The club retired the number 21 shirt in his honour.[14]

Macclesfield Town failed to win a League (or any other) match from the start of January 2012 through until the match away versus Dagenham & Redbridge on Saturday 17 March, a winless streak of 14 League matches (16 counting the FA Cup Third Round & Third Round Replay). Due to this, Simpson was asked to step down as manager by Chairman Mike Rance on Sunday 18 March 2012. He was replaced by Brian Horton, but Horton was unable to turn around Town's poor run of form and the team were relegated to the Conference Premier on 28 April 2012 following home defeat to Burton Albion. Following the relegation Horton left the club and Glyn Chamberlain took charge of the team for the remaining game of the season. Macclesfield failed to win any games from January 2012 until the end of the season in May 2012, a total of 25 games without a victory (23 League, 2 FA Cup; 15 defeats, 7 draws).

Return to the Football Conference

Following relegation, Glyn Chamberlain left the Silkmen and Macclesfield Town then appointed Steve King as manager on Monday 21 May 2012.[15] At the same time, it was announced that Andy Scott would stand down as deputy chairman with immediate effect, and that three other directors, including the chairman Mike Rance, would stand down in due course.[16]

On 5 January 2013, Macclesfield Town beat Championship Leaders Cardiff City in the FA Cup 3rd round 2–1. This gave them a place in the 4th round of the tournament for the first time in their 139-year history. Macclesfield Town were generally in or around the Conference National play-off places for much of the season, but a failure to secure a play-off spot resulted in the sacking of Steve King just before the season ended, with the club reappointing former manager John Askey as King's replacement.

On 21 May 2017, the club visited Wembley Stadium for a fourth time, their first appearance since the stadium was rebuilt, losing the 2017 FA Trophy Final 3–2 against York City.[17] A total of 7,698 Silkmen supporters attended the final.[18]

On 21 April 2018, Macclesfield beat Eastleigh 2–0 to win the National League title along with promotion back to the Football League after six years playing non-league football.[19]

Return to the Football League

Following the departure of John Askey for Shrewsbury Town, Mark Yates was named as manager in June 2018.[20] Yates departed the club in October 2018 after failing to win any of his first twelve league games in charge.[21]


Macclesfield Town play their home games at the Moss Rose stadium in the south of the town, and have done so since 1891. The first game at the Moss Rose (on the ground adjoining the then named, Moss Rose Inn) took place on 12 September 1891 and therefore 2011 was the ground's 120th anniversary. Before moving to the Moss Rose, three other grounds were used: Macclesfield Grammar School, Rostron's Field (near Coare Street) and Victoria Road (then known as Bowfield Lane).

The current capacity of the Moss Rose is 6,335, of which 2,599 is seated.[22] The Silk FM Stand (traditionally known as the London Road or Main Stand) runs along one side of the pitch and consists of a seated grandstand with open air terracing to either side, and the opposite side is the seated Alfred McAlpine Stand. The clubs most vociferous supporters congregate in the Star Lane End, which is a mixture of terracing and seating. Visiting supporters are housed in the open air Silkman End (named after a public house which formerly adjoined the terrace) and part of the McAlpine Stand.

The record attendance for Macclesfield Town at the Moss Rose is sometimes given as 7,002 for an FA Cup tie against Spennymoor United in 1968.[23] Saga of the Silkmen (p. 85) and the News of the World Football Annual both give the record attendance of Moss Rose games involving Macclesfield Town as 9,003, in the Cheshire Cup tie vs. Winsford United, 14 February 1948. The Macclesfield Times (19 February 1948) reported that 80 coachloads of supporters had arrived from Winsford.

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

In September 2007, the Club released a statement for the possibility of relocating to a new Stadium, approximately 1 mile south from the Moss Rose to the proposed 'South Macclesfield Development Area'.[24] However, due to the club being a permanent fixture in the lower part of League Two and coupled with the fact that England lost the bid to host the 2018 World Cup (which would have helped the cause for a new stadium), it seems more than likely that the Moss Rose will exist as the club's ground for the foreseeable future.

Colours and crest

Macclesfield Town's colours are blue and white; the club have used combinations of these colours since 1947, with the exception of the 1975–76 season, when the team wore tangerine and black as part of a sponsorship deal.[25] Earlier incarnations of the club wore several different colours. The first Macclesfield kit was amber and black stripes, but between 1882 and 1947 the club also used red and white, red, yellow and blue, blue and white, and black and white.[25]

The club crest is based upon the coat of arms of Macclesfield, and features a blue Lion Rampant holding a wheatsheaf.

A new club crest was planned for the start of the 2007–08 season. However, many loyal supporters were not happy with the modern design so the plans were delayed and a re-designed badge was introduced in early 2008, which has won the approval of the majority of fans.

The club currently play in a striped blue home shirt and a striped back home shirt. Their sponsors include ZAM and Macclesfield College.


During their spell as a Football League club, Macclesfield Town had a low level of support in comparison with other teams playing at the same level. The club's average attendance of 1,832 in the 2010–11 season was the lowest in Football League Two and the Football League.[26] Reasons for this include the proximity of Macclesfield to cities with large football clubs such as Manchester and Liverpool, and a lack of historical success, as Macclesfield Town had only been a Football League club since 1997. The bulk of supporters are from Macclesfield and its environs with small pockets of fans from Norway, Japan,[27] Port Talbot South Wales and Fleet Hampshire (The Southern Silkmen Lads – SSL). In the April 2011 issue of the football magazine FourFourTwo, Macclesfield Town supporters were voted "League Two Best Away Fans".

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. Their closest rival in the Football League years has been Stockport County, however as Stockport County were relegated at the end of the 2010–11 season this derby did not take place in the 2011–12 season. Following relegation for the Silkmen, this local derby was briefly off the footballing calendar once again, until Stockport's relegation to the Conference North at the end of the 2012–13 season. Altrincham were promoted to the National League in the 2013/14 season, however two years later they were relegated back into the National League North.

With the club currently in League Two, their closest rival is Crewe Alexandra. Both Altrincham and Stockport play in the National League North.


Current squad

As of 31 August 2018

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 Republic of Ireland GK Kieran O'Hara (on loan from Manchester United)
2 England DF Jared Hodgkiss
3 England DF David Fitzpatrick
4 England DF Keith Lowe
5 Republic of Ireland DF Fiacre Kelleher (on loan from Oxford United)
6 England DF Jamie Grimes
7 England MF Elliott Durrell
8 England FW Tyrone Marsh
9 England FW Scott Wilson
10 England FW Harry Smith
11 England MF Ryan Lloyd
12 Wales GK Rhys Taylor
13 England FW Nathan Blissett
No. Position Player
14 England DF Miles Welch-Hayes
15 England FW Ben Stephens
16 England MF Malachi Napa (on loan from Oxford United)
17 England MF Callum Evans
18 England MF Callum Maycock (on loan from Coventry City)
19 England DF James Pearson
20 England MF Peter Vincenti
22 Ghana MF Koby Arthur
23 England MF Danny Whitaker
24 England MF Michael Rose
25 England GK Luke Simpson
26 England FW Jordan Ponticelli (on loan from Coventry City)

Retired numbers

21England Richard Butcher. Midfielder (2010–11) – posthumous honour.[28]

Non-playing staff

Footballing staff

Position[29] Name
Manager Vacant
Joint Caretaker Manager Neil Howarth
Joint Caretaker Manager Danny Whitaker
First Team Coach Dougie Pringle
Goalkeeping Coach Graeme Classon
Masseur Rae Ingram
Physiotherapists Ian Liversidge & Martin Ollier
Club Doctor Jim Mitchell
Kit Man Tony Brown

Non-footballing staff

Position[29] Name
Chairman Mark Blower
Director Amar Alkadhi
Media Manager Rob Trafford
Media Matchday Assistants and Photography Shaun Culkin, Chelsie Wilson
PA Announcer Andy Worth
Commercial Manager Jane Beckett


For a full history, see List of Macclesfield F.C. seasons
Year League Level Pld W D L GF GA GD Pts Position Leading league scorer Goals FA Cup League Cup FA Trophy Average attendance
2005–06 Football League Two 4 46 12 18 16 60 71 −11 54 17th of 24 Clyde Wijnhard 8 R1 R2 - 2274[30]
2006–07 Football League Two 4 46 12 12 22 55 77 −22 48 22nd of 24 Kevin McIntyre 8 R3 R1 - 2427[31]
2007–08 Football League Two 4 46 11 17 18 47 64 −17 50 19th of 24 Francis Green[32] 11 R1 R1 - 2297[33]
2008–09 Football League Two 4 46 13 8 25 45 77 −32 47 20th of 24 Gareth Evans[34] 12 R3 R2 - 1897[35]
2009–10 Football League Two 4 46 12 18 16 49 58 −9 54 19th of 24 Emile Sinclair
Ricky Sappleton[36]
7 R1 R1 - 1887[37]
2010–11 Football League Two 4 46 14 13 19 59 73 −14 55 15th of 24 Tyrone Barnett[38] 13 R2 R1 - 1807[39]
2011–12 Football League Two 4 46 8 13 25 39 64 −25 37 24th of 24
Ben Tomlinson
George Donnelly[40]
6 R3 R2 - 2227[41]
2012–13 Conference Premier 5 46 17 12 17 65 70 −5 63 11th of 24 Matthew Barnes-Homer 18 R4 - R1 1670[42]
2013–14 Conference Premier 5 46 18 7 21 62 63 −1 61 15th of 24 Scott Boden 18 R3 - R1 1512[43]
2014–15 Conference Premier 5 46 21 15 10 60 46 +14 78 6th of 24 Waide Fairhurst 10 QR4 - R1 1773
2015–16 National League 5 46 19 9 18 60 48 +12 66 10th of 24 Kristian Dennis 23 R1 - - 1648
2016–17 National League 5 46 20 8 18 64 57 +7 68 9th of 24 Chris Holroyd 13 R2 - Final


Club records

All records correct as at 29 September 2018.
  • Record Football League victory — 6–0 v. Stockport County (2005–06 season)
  • Record Football League defeat — 8-0 v. West Ham United (Away) - 2018-19 EFL Cup Third Round
  • Highest Football League Home attendance — 6,381 v. Manchester City (1998–99 season)
  • Lowest Football League Home attendance — 1,035 v. Northampton Town (2009–10 season)
  • Highest Overall Away attendance — 41,434 v. Chelsea FA Cup 3rd Round (2006–07 season)
  • Highest Football League Away attendance — 31,086 v. Manchester City (1998–99 season)
  • Lowest Football League Away attendance — 1,210 v. Accrington Stanley (2009–10 season)
  • Record transfer fee paid — £40,000 to Bury for Danny Swailes (2004–05 season)
  • Record transfer fee received — £300,000 from Stockport County for Rickie Lambert (2002–03 season)

Record Football League appearances

  • Most Football League appearances — 263, Darren Tinson (1997–98 to 2002–03 season)but see below for the club's all-time record holder, John Askey
  • Youngest Football League appearance — 16 years 342 days, Elliott Hewitt (2010–11 season)
  • Oldest Football League appearance — 39 years 196 days, Paul Ince (2006–07 season)
Name Years FL Starts FL Sub FL Total
Darren Tinson 1997–2003 263 0 263
Matthew Tipton 2002–2010 140 55 194
John Askey 1997–2003 136 45 181
Danny Whitaker 2002–2006 156 15 171
Steve Hitchen 1997–2003 143 8 151
Steve Wood 1997–2001 129 22 151
Chris Priest 1999–2004 140 10 150
Nat Brown 2008–2011 147 2 149
Danny Adams 2006–2004 146 2 148
Izak Reid 2001–2005 132 2 134
  • John Askey holds the all-time record for the total number of appearances - 679 matches (1984–85 to 2002–03 season) including Non-League, Football League and Cup matches.

Record Football League goalscorers

  • Most Football League goals scored — 50, Matthew Tipton (2001–02 to 2009–10 season)
  • Most Football League goals scored in a season — 22, Jon Parkin (2004–05 season)
Rank Name FL Goals (FL Apps)
1 Matthew Tipton 50 (195)
2 John Askey 31 (181)
3 Jon Parkin 30 (65)
=4 Richie Barker 23 (58)
=4 Danny Whitaker 23 (171)
6 John Miles 21 (122)
=7 Gareth Evans 19 (82)
=7 Steve Wood 19 (151)
9 Lee Glover 18 (85)
=10 Hamza Bencherif 16 (60)
=10 Kevin McIntyre 16 (134)
  • Albert Valentine scored the overall most goals in a season scoring 83 in the 1933–34 season.

In Macclesfield Town's 14 seasons in the Football League (1997–98 to 2010–11 season) they have played 644 games, winning 204, drawing 181 and losing 259 games. They have scored 750 and conceded 883 goals. They have used 215 different players.

Macclesfield Town made history when Chris Priest, a Macclesfield Town player, scored the final goal of the last millennium.


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  • Macclesfield Town at the Football Club History Database
  • "Saga of the Silkmen – A History of Macclesfield Town FC"(Carnegie Publishing 2001)

External links

  • Macclesfield Town Official Website
  • The Star Lane End
  • The Silkmen Archives
  • Macclesfield Town F.C. on BBC Sport: Club newsRecent results and fixtures
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