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Silkmen Fans Focus: Chelsie Wilson

20 July 2019

We continue our series of articles looking at some of our most passionate fans by featuring one of our Club Photographers - Chelsie Wilson.

Although I can't remember who my first game was against, I remember that I was four-years-old and I went to the Moss Rose with my Dad after mithering him to take me to a game for weeks before!

I remember going into the club shop and being drawn to the bright orange away shirt which the team wore at the time and I was made up when my Dad bought me one alongside a teddy of Roary which I still have to this day.

I loved everything about the club from the minute that I stepped inside. Everyone was so friendly and I knew straight away that The Silkmen would play a huge part in my life from that moment on.

After making my first appearance at the Moss Rose, I began to go to more and more games - initially just the home ones but it wasn't too long before I began to travel away, which for someone so young was really exciting.

There is something really special about watching your team away from home, as the sense of pride I get from visiting other clubs whilst wearing my Macc shirt is something which is as vibrant today as it ever has been.

One of the best memories I have of those early years was being the mascot when Macc played Wrexham in 2006. The club were short of a mascot that day and although I was really nervous, I decided that I would do it as I didn't want to let the club down.

We won that game 3 - 2 thanks to a late Michael Briscoe goal, but to meet my heroes and lead them onto the pitch was something which I will never forget.

There have been so many great memories since then and far too many to mention them all here!

If I have to single a few out though, then Tranmere away in the FA Trophy Semi-Final really was a brilliant game to be part of, as was our trip to Prenton Park last year when we all but sealed promotion to the Football League.

The 2017 FA Trophy Final was also really special - despite the result, but I don't think anything will ever beat our trip to Eastleigh last year. 

It wasn't just the fact that we had won the league, it was seeing everyone so united with the team as we defied the odds together and achieved something which nobody ever really thought was possible.

The Player of the Year Awards at the end of the season was also something which will live in my mind forever. It was such a special occasion, with all the players mixing with the fans to celebrate our achievement. 

After the event in the McIlroy Suite, the players asked a few of the fans to join them in town to carry on the celebrations -  which really does show how much we were all together at the time and helped create memories which will live on forevermore.

As well as being a fan, I also work in the Silkmen Cafe, in the McIlroy Suite and as a photographer for the club. I attend all matches home and away with my camera and can't thank the club enough for allowing me to pursue my dream whilst watching the team I love.

Macclesfield Town means everything to me as not only are they my team, they have also given me the tools to build my confidence up on a personal level and given me life-long friends, who essentially are my extended family.

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