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The Complete Record Of Our Trips To Exeter City

26 November 2018

Macclesfield Town have made the long journey down to St James' Park on six previous occasions and ahead of tomorrow evening's seventh visit, we take a look at each one of them.

Our first journey came back on 2nd May 1998, when Sammy McIlroy's promotion winning heroes arrived in Devon having secured back to back promotions against Chester the previous Saturday.

For all those present, it proved to be a memorable afternoon and one which will forever live in our hearts and minds.

An army of blue and white clad supporters packed the away end, as they eagerly awaited the coronation of a group of players who re-wrote all the history books.

In terms of the game itself, the delirious away contingent were not let down - as goals from Steve Wood, Peter Davenport and Tony Philliskirk helped to secure a 3 - 1 victory which represented the final chapter of one of football's greatest ever fairytales.

The final whistle saw home fans rush onto the pitch in order to congratulate the Silkmen contingent and the images elicited by this remain some of the most iconic in our history.

After spending twelve months in the third tier of English football, The Silkmen returned to St James' Park on 25th September 1999 to contest a Nationwide League Division Three fixture.

Two goals in the first quarter of an hour set McIlroy's men up for another maximum point haul, with Richie Barker breaking the deadlock with just nine minutes on the clock.

Gregor Rioch doubled our advantage six minutes later and the points were sealed on the stroke of half-time when Kieran Durkan added a third.

Two goalless draws followed in our next two visits during February and September 2001, before the two sides met in Devon again on 28th December 2002.

Bermudan international Kyle Lightbourne struck just before the half hour mark that day, but it only proved to be enough to claim a share of the spoils as The Grecians fought back to claim a one all draw through a 65th minute James Coppinger goal.

Our last visit to St James' Park came back in February 2009 - yet it proved to be one to forget for the travelling Silkmen faithful.

Adam Stansfield broke the deadlock for the hosts in the 16th minute and the Devon side doubled their lead on the stroke of half time when Richard Logan's heavily deflected effort flew past Jon Brain.

Two further strikes from Neil Saunders and Craig McAllister saw Exeter run out 4 - 0 victors on a bitterly cold Tuesday evening - with the match ending our five match unbeaten run at St James' Park.

All this means that our complete record is as follows -

Played 6. Won 2. Drawn 3. Lost 1

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