The wait is nearly over. Macclesfield Town will return to Football League action on Saturday after an absence of six years.
Led by Mark Yates, the Silkmen travel to Wiltshire ahead of a tough test against Swindon Town - a side who will be looking to bounce back to League One under manager Phil Brown.
It’s bound to be a momentous occasion for the Football Club with a large contingent of Silkmen supporters making the long journey south.
So, here’s everything you need to know ahead of the Sky Bet League Two curtain raiser.
Mark Yates will have a selection headache after the conclusion of pre-season, with a number of players fighting for their place in the starting eleven.
Striker Harry Smith has been prolific in pre-season scoring four goals and he could be selected to face his former club on Saturday.
Midfielder Callum Maycock signed on loan from Coventry City this week and is also available for selection, however, winger Elliott Durrell is our only player out as he continues to recover from a groin injury.
On the other side, Swindon Town manager Phil Brown also has a number of big decisions to make. Marquee signings Toumani Diagouraga and Michael Doughty both started the Robins’ last friendly against local rivals Swindon Supermarine and may be given the nod on Saturday.
One to Watch: Matt Taylor
In Matt Taylor, Swindon have someone with Premier League experience. The versatile midfielder can play in a number of positions around the pitch and despite being 36-years-old he’s still an important asset to the Robins’ squad.
Last season, Taylor was named as interim manager of Swindon after David Flitcroft moved on to Mansfield but couldn’t steer them into a play-off position. However, he was offered a player/coach role at the County Ground this summer by new manager Phil Brown.
Last season, he made 38 appearances for Swindon and scored six goals, showing that he’s not content to wind down just yet.
Last Time Out: Macclesfield 4 – Swindon 0, Saturday 9th November 2013 (FA Cup)
Macclesfield fans will be looking for another result like this on Saturday.
The Silkmen played the role of FA Cup giant-killers as they stunned our League One opponents. A brace from Connor Jennings and individual goals from Scott Boden and Peter Winn sealed the victory.
This was the second time in as many years that Macc had knocked the Robins out of the historic competition and now five years later, we’re ready to do battle again.
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By Andrew Gate