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This Week In History

14 February 2019

In a latest in a new feature for the official site, we take a look back at what happened at Macclesfield Town between 10th and 16th February over the years.

70 Years Ago - After suffering a 2 - 0 home defeat at the hands of Stockport County in the Cheshire Senior Cup the previous week, William Edwards' Silkmen side returned to the Moss Rose on 12th February 1949 to face County's second-string in the Cheshire League.

In front of 1800 spectators, Macc claimed a share of the spoils in what was reported to be a highly entertaining two-all draw.

Frank Marsh and Lance Wrigglesworth struck for the hosts that day, as Macc continued their impressive home league form.

50 Years Ago - After securing a credible goalless draw at Altrincham in the North West Floodlit League Final First Leg a fortnight prior, Frank Beaumont's illustrious Silkmen side returned to the Moss Rose on 12th February 1969 to contest the second leg.

They proved to have a rare off day however, as The Robins lifted the trophy courtesy of a 2 - 0 victory in front of 3377 spectators.

25 Years Ago - Sammy McIlroy's new look Silkmen side travelled to Worcester City twenty-five years ago, as we contested an FA Trophy Second Round tie.

Having disposed of Boston United in the First Round, the former FA Cup winner took his side to the Victoria Ground looking to extend their recent run of good form.

The match itself proved to be a rather drab affair however and although Phil Power and Carl Alford went close for the visitors, neither defence could be breached and a replay was needed to determine who would face Billingham Synthonia in the Third Round.

One Year Ago - John Askey's Macclesfield Town retained their one point lead at the National League summit on 10th February last year, as goals from Nathan Blissett and Tyrone Marsh cancelled out Rowan Liburd's opener.

The visitors had taken the lead with just ten minutes on the clock, when Liburd ferociously struck the ball past Shwan Jalal from an acute angle.

Despite applying copious amounts of pressure, the hosts could not force an equaliser in the first period - yet it proved to be a different story after the sides had emerged from the interval.

Luke Coddington made a string of fine saves during the opening phase of the second half, yet Nathan Blissett was not to be denied just after the hour mark as he majestically forced home Danny Whitaker's teasing corner.

Tyrone Marsh then headed home the winner twelve minutes later and although Liburd could well have restored parity right at the death, Macc went on to register another crucial victory in what proved to be one of the greatest footballing fairytales.

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