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On This Day: Silkmen Secure Historic Promotion

3 May 2019

Twenty-two years ago today, Macclesfield Town became a Football League club for the very first time after an history 4 - 1 victory at Kettering Town secured the GM Vauxhall Conference title.

It would prove to be a day which nobody present will ever forget, with the players who secured the most emotional of promotions etched into all our hearts forevermore.

Despite the fact that Kidderminster Harriers commanded a fifteen point league at the Conference summit at the turn of the year, Sammy McIlroy's blue and white clad heroes were to win sixteen of our last nineteen games write history in emphatic style.

Not only that, but all this was achieved in the face of acute adversity after much-loved Chairman Arthur Jones had tragically taken his own life the previous September.

As his name rung around the terraced away end at Rockingham Road, Macc entered the pitch fifteen minutes later than scheduled due to crowd congestion - yet knew that they would have to put one of their oldest Conference rivals to the sword if there ascension was to be assured.

Neil Lyne was to temporarily halt the party as he gave The Poppies an eighth minute lead, yet this only proved to act as a catalyst for what proved to be a devastating response.

Just sixty seconds later, former Manchester United midfielder Peter Davenport restored parity from close range to send the Silkmen continent into delirium.

This was to be compounded tow minutes later when magical winger Chris Byrne gave Macc the lead and shortly after he would end the game as a contest by giving us a two-goal cushion.

Byrne was to complete a glorious hat-trick on 31 minutes, as he completed the scoring to put Macc 4 - 1 up.

The army of Silkmen fans knew that they were witnessing history being made and this was confirmed fifteen minutes from full-time when Kidderminster failed to pick up maximum points and the title was confirmed.

After everything which the club had to contend with and against all the odds, we were finally promoted to the Football League.

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