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Silkmen Fans Focus: Andy Worth

22 June 2019

Throughout the course of last season, we focused on the people who mean the most at the club in our matchday programme - our incredibly loyal and passionate fans.

In the build-up to the 2019/20 campaign, we revisit our Silkmen Fan Focus feature and start with a man who many of you will know and who celebrates his birthday today - Mr Andy Worth.

Here is his Silkmen profile -

I have followed my beloved Silkmen man and boy and my only dalliance with any other club came when my cousins moved to Leeds in the early 1970's. I can under clearly remember crying my eyes out as unfancied Sunderland defeated Leeds in the 1973 FA Cup Final thanks to an Ian Porterfield goal.

Thankfully I very quickly lost interest in Leeds and my passion has been undeniably been with The Silkmen and no-one else both before and after!

My beloved old man Jimmy had followed both Macc and Manchester United through his youth and as work demands limited his opportunities to travel to Old Trafford, we both became regulars at the Moss Rose - with a lot of support from my grandad Harry, another lifelong Silkmen fan.

I genuinely cannot remember my first game, but I think it was against Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup during the late sixties and I am pretty sure we won 2 - 0.

Interestingly, my earliest and most vivid childhood memory of The Silkmen relates to the 1970 FA Trophy Final in May 1970 - when I just six years of age. I remember the sea of cars and buses driving towards Wembley with blue and white scarves proudly dangling from them. Even more clearer to me was the glorious procession into the centre of Macc with the FA Trophy held proudly aloft by the players, as literally thousands of Maxonians cheered the team with much such pride as they passed them in the streets that day!

Anyone reading this article will have worked out that I am now in my fifties and I have many fantastic memories of following my team home and away over the years.

Aside from the FA Trophy success of 1970, there was the fantastic treble winning season of 1987 under the legendary Peter Wragg, the 1996 FA Trophy Final (and that wonder goal from Tony Hemmings) as well as one off games such as the 5 - 0 victory at Notts County in January 2005 where Jon Parkin scored a hat-trick and subsequently earned the nickname of 'The Beast'.

The other one off game that lingers in my memory was the epic 5 - 4 victory at Wycombe, which came after a real ding-dong battle on a very cold January day in 2006.

There are three memories which will live in my memory forever though. The first is the very moment that John Murphy equalised against the then Premier League Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in January 2007, to send the 6000 travelling Silkmen fans into sheer ecstasy.

The second is when we secured entry in to the Football League after lifting the Conference trophy on the back of that scintillating 4 - 1 victory at Kettering back in May 1997.

However, the greatest memory of my time as a Silkmen fan came on that glorious day at Eastleigh on 21st April 2018, when Mitch Hancox's neatly taken goal secured promotion back to Football League.

On a meagre budget, 'Sir' John Askey and his wonderful team performed a footballing miracle that in my opinion, eclipsed the wonderful exploits of Claudio Ranieri's Leicester in 2016 as the greatest footballing fairytale of all time.

During my time as a Silkmen fan, I have undertaken a number of volunteer roles within the club. I was one of the founding members of the Silkmen Supporters Trust and was their first and now current chairman. I genuinely believe the SST can play a vital role as the voice of Silkmen fans, where the more members we have the greater our voice.

I am also on the board of the Super Silk Lotto which raises vital funds for the club, as well as being the Chairman of Danny Whitaker's Testimonial Committee - which aims to raise a minimum of £25,000 by the end of the twelve month period.

I am a regular volunteer at the Silky Sunday's disco for disabled people from within our local community which is held in the McIlroy Suite and many of you will also know that I am the PA guy here at Macc Town - where I genuinely try to provide a warm and welcoming presence to both home and away fans over the tannoy.

Macclesfield Town is special to me because it is the club that represents the town of my birth and because it has provided me with so many fantastic memories, as well as helping to forge lifelong friendships with so many fantastic people.

I have always loved the underdog and my Silkmen comfortably fit into this category because they are a small town club consistently battling way above their proverbial weight and long may that continue.


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