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Silkmen Fans Focus: Myra Clark

25 June 2019

We continue our fans focus by featuring somebody who in many ways needs no introduction as she has been a loyal supporter and dedicated volunteer for over five decades - the incomparable Myra Clark.

When I was ten, my brother took me to my first football match which was away at Witton Albion.

Although I can't remember the result of that game, I have been hooked ever since and it wasn't long before I became a regular here at the Moss Rose.

I used to stand along the touchline where the Big Brand Ideas stand is now and at the time, I used to prop myself up against the barriers whilst becoming encapsulated with what I saw before me.

In terms of some of my earliest memories., I remember Walter Shepherd who used to play in glasses every week. Not only that, he was a wing-half who never shirked a header despite what became his iconic par of spectacles!

I also remember a game against Oswestry Town back in the early 1960's - it sadly had to be abandoned when shortly after the match kicked-off the home side were awarded a corner. It was cleared upfield and all the players raced upfield - apart from visiting defender Goff Bellis.

Goff had collapsed in the penalty area and tragically died on the Moss Rose pitch. I will never forget his brother Ray (who also played for Oswestry) understandably running around the pitch in hysterics. It was an incredibly sad occasion and when the match was replayed, I recall that the club donated all the proceeds to Goff's family.

Over the years I have been privileged to see some great players here at the Moss. Frank Bowyer was a particular favourite of mine, as was Neil Franklin and Dickie Cunliffe - who was brilliant at scoring direct from corners!

There have also been many former top-flight players who have played here in the twilight of their careers. I remember that my Dad took me to Wembley back in 1957 when it was uncovered at both ends and Derek Kevan scored for England.

Derek was playing for West Bromwich Albion at the time, but went on to sign for Macclesfield Town in 1968 and it was brilliant to see him wear the hallowed blue shirt after such an illustrious career.

In terms of some of the memorable games that I have witnessed, I still vividly recall the 1970 FA Trophy Final at Wembley when we beat Telford United by two goals to nil.

It really was an incredible occasion - and an historic one too with it being the inaugural competition.

One of my clearest recollections of that day is actually waiting for the train home at Euston Station. I was bursting with pride as you would expect, but to my horror I noticed a newspaper lying on an empty seat which asserted that Macc had been rather fortuitous to lift the trophy.

I was so incensed that I ripped the paper in half there and then - only to be accosted by it's owner who wasn't best pleased that I had just destroyed his forthcoming journey's reading material.

I gave him sixpence to cover the cost - it was worth it!

In addition to this, I also fondly remember those glory years under Sammy McIlroy when we were promoted to the Football League for the first time.

Having watched the team face the likes of Crewe, Port Vale, Stockport and Tranmere Reserves in our Cheshire League days, it was a brilliant feeling that we were now footballing equals.

Following on from this, who would have thought that we would go on to reside in the same league as Manchester City, Stoke, Burnley and Fulham - even if it was just for one season.

It was just incredible what we achieved - nobody will ever be able to take those fabulous memories away from us.

As well as being a loyal supporter on the terraces, I have also tried to support the club behind the scenes.

When we received the FA fine back in the early 2000's, I was a member of the Silk Alliance who gave a lot of money to the club to try and support them in what were undoubtedly fairly dark times.

Shortly afterwards, the various supporter groups united under the banner of the Silkmen Supporters Trust and I remain their Treasurer to this day.

Macclesfield Town will always play a major part in my life - they are my hometown club and nothing will ever change that. It doesn't matter if we are in the National League or the Premier League, I will still be out their supporting the team no matter what.

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