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This Week In History

28 February 2019

In the latest instalment of our regular feature for the official site, we take a look back at what happened at Macclesfield Town between 24th February and 2nd March over the years.

70 years ago - After suffering a rare defeat against Crewe Alexandra Reserves the previous Saturday, William Edwards' side returned to the Moss Rose on 26th February 1949 as they faced Port Vale's second string in their next Cheshire League fixture.

In front of 2005 spectators, Macc became embroiled in an entertaining tussle with their visitors from the Potteries as the spoils were shared in a six-goal thriller.

Chorlton, Lomax and Wrigglesworth were on target for The Silkmen that day - the former in his one and only First Team appearance for the club, as Macc continued their impressive home league record.


50 years ago - Frank Beaumont's illustrious Macclesfield Town side had to contend with two games in quick succession fifty years ago this week, as their assault on the Northern Premier League title gathered pace.

A trip to New Brighton in the Cheshire Senior Cup Second Round had to be negotiated first however, as Macc looked to bounce back from defeat at the hands of Altrincham in the North West Floodlit League Final the previous week.

Player / Manager Beaumont made one change from the team that started the game against The Robins, as Dennis Fidler was brought in to replace Dave Hancox.

The match proved to be a tight affair, and ultimately would not yield a winner as Dick Young's strike was cancelled out by the home side to force a replay.

Seventy-two hours later, Beaumont's blue and white clad heroes renewed their rivalry with Altrincham as The Robins made the journey to the Moss Rose to contest a Northern Premier League fixture.

Newspaper reports of the game assert that a fervent atmosphere on the terraces provided the backdrop to what proved to be a real derby battle on the pitch that day, as Macc ultimately prevailed thanks to strikes from Dave Lyon and the ultimate showman, Brian Fidler.

Fidler was undoubtedly the star attraction of that illustrious side and as he raced over to his adoring masses - blowing kisses to each and every one of them, the Moss Rose faithful were transfixed by his wonderful spell once again.


25 years ago - After securing a place in the FA Trophy Third Round the previous week, Sammy McIlroy's new-look Macclesfield Town side faced the prospect of two difficult away matches in the space of three days.

The first of which saw The Silkmen travel down the M6 to face Telford United.

Three goals in eleven second half minutes secured a 3 - 1 victory at Bucks Head that day. Neil Sorvel opened our account on 73 minutes and barely two minutes later, Carl Alford converted a hotly-disputed penalty to double our advantage.

The former Rochdale and Witton Albion striker then added an emphatic third with six minutes left on the clock to complete the scoring.

Three days later, Sammy's men were on the road once more as we made the relatively short trip to Moss Lane to face Altrincham in the Vauxhall Conference.


Just over one thousand spectators witnessed another emotionally charged encounter, where Phil Power's clinical strike just after the half hour mark proved to be enough to secure a 1 - 0 victory.


10 years ago - It was a mixed week for the club during this week ten years ago, as we faced consecutive home games against Port Vale and Shrewsbury Town respectively.

The double-header didn't get off to the best of starts for Keith Alexander's men, as The Valiants claimed a 2 - 0 victory at the Moss Rose thanks to two fortuitous goals which largely went against the balance of play.

Promotion-chasing Shrewsbury Town paid us a visit three days later and it was to be a very different story however.

The Silkmen took the lead in bizarre circumstances on 21 minutes, as Shane Cansdell-Sherriff mis-timed his routine header and the ball subsequently looped over Luke Daniels and into the net.

Eight minutes after the interval, Ben Herd brought Simon Yeo down in the penalty area and after narrowly avoiding a red card, he saw Gareth Evans step up to confidently despatch the resultant spot-kick.

Proceedings culminated deep into injury time, when defender Nat Brown showed some deft footwork in taking the ball around Daniels and slotted into an empty net.


1 year ago - After the exhilarating trips to Aldershot Town and Tranmere Rovers in the seven days preceeding the game, John Askey's side returned to the Moss Rose a year ago this week to take on Maidenhead United.

Whereas the previous two National League encounters had exemplified our creative prowess and potent threat in front of goal, Macc claimed their fourth successive win with a defiant performance which embodied our unquestionable belief perfectly.

Although Elliott Durrell and Danny Whitaker had threatened to break the deadlock during normal time, the real magic was reserved for second half injury time. 

A corner was awarded on the right and as Whitaker marched over to deliver, the expectation encapsulating the Star Lane End was tangible.

Danny laid the ball back to Durrell and his majestic cross was met at the far post by Scott Wilson, who nodded home to cue emotionally-charged scenes which words could never do justice.

It wasn't the greatest goal ever scored, but to all those present it meant everything in the world in terms of what it symbolised.

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