We continue our fans feature with a much-loved member of the Silkmen family who has followed the club for over two and a half decades - the one and only Tina Lawrence.
I started supporting Macclesfield Town in earnest during the early 1990’s when my sons began playing junior football locally. It was then I met my dear, late friend Marg and the rest they say is history. Prior to that it was just the odd friendly or hearing reports from my Dad and brother who were both huge Macc fans.
My first game was on 20th November 1993 at home against Slough Town in the Vauxhall Conference. I had heard and read glowing reports of the previous week’s FA Cup First Round victory over Hartlepool United - so I was anticipating an exciting match.
It wasn’t an epic encounter as it turned out - ending up a two-all draw with goals from Chris Sharratt and Carl Alford, but I remember being particularly impressed with our left-back Stuart Bimson.
Macc went on to finish seventh in the Conference that season under Sammy McIlroy, but who could have expected what was in store for us during the following few seasons.
Needless to say I was hooked.
Arguably, my best memory is at Kettering Town in May 1997 when we became a Football League club for the very first time. It was made all the more sweeter as we had cruelly been denied promotion two seasons previously.
As well as this I was particularly thrilled for the younger generation of Macc fans last year, who witnessed our promotion back into the league. That day at Eastleigh will stay with us all forever and the memories from which are those normally confined to fairytales.
In terms of excitement, nothing can eclipse Wycombe Wanderers away in January 2006, when at 4 - 4 and seconds remaining, up leapt Jon Parkin like the proverbial salmon to make it 5 - 4 to Macc. It was an unbelievable experience and one of many occasions where I can now take so much pride in being able to say "I was there!"
I try to go to as many away games as possible and am always happy to help out on the legendary Moose Tours supervising the Golden Goal competition together with my friend Sue.
I have also volunteered at the club in the recent past; helping out on reception and in the club shop.
Why is Macc Town so close to my heart? Well, being a bit of a romantic, I think it’s the David and Goliath / Against All Odds scenario. It means so much to a club at our level when we achieve something notable, as it’s usually been acquired through adversity making it all the more meaningful to us all.
Macclesfield Town feels like an extended family and just like any family, it goes through pain and loss but also hope and joy.
Let’s have more of the latter please!