Sol Campbell took over the reins at Moss Rose back in November when we were seven points adrift at the bottom of the table - yet against all the odds, the Silkmen retained our EFL status last Saturday courtesy of a one-all draw with Cambridge United.
Everyone has had a part to play. From those in the backroom and behind the scenes, to those in the stands, and those on the pitch. From Koby Arthur’s opener at Swindon Town on the opening day, to Elliott Durrell’s heartfelt finish against Cambridge United on Saturday.
The man in the middle of it all knows too well that this momentous achievement was the coming together of absolutely everyone.
“Working together, fighting together and willing each other on has been key,” said Sol in his final post-match interview of the 2018/19 season.
“It’s been a tough journey.
“I’m so pleased that we’ve got through it; we’ve won the war and we’re in League Two next season. It impacts the whole club and Macclesfield as a town; it helps people in so many different ways.
“It meant a hell of a lot to me, the players, the fans of the club. It’s been great to stay up under all that pressure and when everybody doubted us.”
“It’s great feeling, it’s been a journey. We’ve all learnt a lot about ourselves, as we all wanted to stay up, but at times we thought it wasn’t going to happen. There’s a bit of inner peace.
“The main thing was to compete, that wasn’t happening before. But the lads have got in there, got fitter, more focused, and tactically they are better now. It’s pleasing for me to see that squad progress and the players grow in stature.
“We stood firm and we got through it as a team and I’m so proud of the lads.”
With an hour played at Moss Rose, the Silkmen were sitting in the relegation zone, but Durrell’s brilliant strike ensured the club wasn’t there for very long.
“He’s been excellent since he’s come back and he was at the right place at the right time to slot it away,” praised Sol.
“We could have had a couple more and made our lives a bit easier, but we just had to look forward as a team, not back.
“You hear the away crowd and you think about what’s going on elsewhere, but we stayed cool, calm and collected. I needed to pump the guys up in the correct way, not off aggression, but really connecting with the passion of football.
“I was exhausted myself with all the shouting I had to do, but I’m impressed with the lads in all sorts of ways. The players will go down in Macclesfield folklore.
“And with the fans as well, we got through it together.”
By Matt Bates