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The Complete History Of Stevenage's Visits To The Moss Rose

21 March 2019

Despite the fact that we enjoyed a fierce rivalry with Stevenage during the mid-1990's as both sides tussled for Vauxhall Conference supremacy, the Hertfordshire side have only ever visited the Moss Rose on five previous occasions.

Ahead of their sixth visit on Saturday, we take a look back at each one of these.

The first time that The Boro' made the long journey up to Macclesfield was back on 6th May 1995, as Sammy McIlroy's heroic Conference winners lifted the coveted trophy in front of their adoring fans.

On an incredibly warm spring afternoon, the pre-match celebrations honoured a side that had defied all the odds in winning the league for the first time in our history - despite the fact that our rightful promotion was denied to us.

The team posed with the trophy just before kick-off in what has become an iconic photograph which elicits so many incredible memories to this day.

Yet, our league campaign had to be concluded and Stevenage Borough as they were then, were determined to spoil the party.

As the Silkmen players took the field for one last time, their minds may well have been on the post-match parties as the visitors ran out 3 - 0 victors. Goals from Barry Hayles, Tony Lynch and Marvin Bates did the damage - yet this did nothing to dilute the honouring of an illustrious team after the final whistle was blown.

The following season, The Boro' claimed the Vauxhall Conference title themselves and visited the Moss Rose in early January. 

Despite the fact that two of the league's most potent sides locked horns, the game yielded no goals in front of 2126 spectators.

Stevenage's third visit to the Moss Rose occurred back on August Bank Holiday Monday 1996. On a horribly wet afternoon, our blue and white clad heroes engineered a storm of their own - as despite Barry Hayles giving the visitors an early lead, two Phil Power goals in the last nineteen minutes secured an inspirational 2 - 1 victory against arguably our greatest title rivals

Due to the fact that Sammy's side had experienced Wembley glory the previous May, the two sides next met at the Moss Rose just over a month later to contest the JC Thompson Shield.

It once again proved to be an exhilarating encounter, despite the visitors breaking the deadlock with a close range effort in front of the Star Lane faithful.

With literally seconds of injury-time left to play, parity was restored from the most unlikeliest of sources as defender Cec Edey emphatically sent the tie into extra-time.

Having defiantly secured the additional period, substitute Marc Coates completed our comeback by firing the winning goal three minutes into the second period.

As a result, Sammy's men retained the shield - having claimed it for the first time against Woking twelve months prior.

Our last meeting with Stevenage at the Moss Rose was almost eight years ago to the day - yet it was one to forget for the Silkmen faithful as Mark Roberts and Robbie Sinclair both grabbed braces for the visitors in a 4 - 0 defeat.

As a result of all of the above, our complete home record against Stevenage is as follows -

Played 5. Won 2. Drawn 1 Lost 2.


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