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Silkmen Fans Focus: Jim Goodwin

8 July 2019

We continue our fans feature with the larger than life Jim Goodwin, who has passionately followed his beloved Silkmen for over half a century.

The first time that I watched Macc was way back in 1967, when I cycled down from Wincle to see the team take on Witton Albion.

I was the only one in my family who had an interest in football and in the weeks which preceded my Moss Rose debut I spent quite a lot of time in the local newsagent speaking to the owner about tales of the illustrious Frank Beaumont and Keith Goalen.

He used to mesmerise me with tales of unbelievable valour and passion as I made my way through copious amounts of 10p mixes and it wasn't long before I thought that I would come and see these heroic figures for myself.

Despite the fact that the match ended in a goalless draw, I was hooked from that moment on and for many years I made the same journey on my trusty bike to watch my heroes play.

The first time I followed the team away from the Moss Rose was that wonderful occasion back in 1970 when we lifted the inaugural FA Trophy at Wembley Stadium.

To see the team secure such a remarkable feat whilst still being a child was absolutely mind-blowing.

Although I don't remember everything about the day, I remember sat on a Bostocks coach drowned in a sea of blue and white as we made the long journey down to the national stadium.

Although many years have past since that glorious day, the feeling of pride which it elicited will stay with me forever.

Since then there have been many great days following Macc up and down the country. Understandably, everyone highlights the wonderful day at Eastleigh but for me there are so many other memories which are on a par with that great achievement.

Winning the Vauxhall Conference back in 1997 is certainly up there, as is our incredible first season in the Football League which saw Sammy McIlroy's heroes achieve consecutive promotions.

Sometimes great memories are forged irrespective of what happens out there on the pitch though. Some of the best days I have had watching Macc have been on long away trips with great friends and all the banter which comes with that.

Following a football team is not just a hobby, it is a way of life to me and as such I am so grateful for all the lifelong friends the I have made through Macclesfield Town over the years.

In addition to following The Silkmen all over the country, I have also had spells on the SST board, as a steward and most recently, helping out on the ground throughout the week.

Macclesfield Town will always play a massive part in my life and there is no doubt that I will continue to follow the club wherever they go as long as I live.


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