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The Complete History Of Our Trips To Cheltenham Town

21 October 2019

Macclesfield Town have made the journey down to Cheltenham on sixteen previous occasions and ahead of the seventeenth meeting between the two clubs, we take a look back at each of these.

Our first journey down to Whaddon Road came in December 1987 as part of our inaugural season in the Vauxhall Conference. Having beaten The Robins by one goal to nil at the Moss Rose just three weeks prior, Peter Wragg's side got a taste of their own medicine by suffering defeat by the same scoreline.

Things were to get worse for Wragg's side in our second encounter down in Gloucestershire, which occurred just four days after The Silkmen booked an FA Trophy Final place in April 1989.

Macc were comprehensively beaten 3 - 0 that day, although with a fixture backlog Wragg's side were pretty much averaging a game every other day at that time.

Our first away victory against The Robins came in our third visit to Whaddon Road, which was played out in March 1990.

A rare strike from defender Paul Kendall set Wraggy's men on their way that day and this was followed by a John Askey strike which sealed a 2 - 1 win.

John was back on the scoresheet the following October, as his brace secured a share of the spoils in a 2 - 2 draw back in October 1990.

Our fifth visit to Whaddon Road proved to be a scintillating affair, as The Silkmen secured a memorable 3 - 2 victory in November 1991.

Andy Green scored a brace that day and this was coupled with a trademark Ronnie Ellis strike which sent the cold Silkmen fans back up the M6 with smiles on their faces.

Due to Cheltenham's relegation from the Vauxhall Conference in 1992 and our elevation to the Football League in 1997, it would be over eight years before Macc would make the journey down to Whaddon Road again.

This occurred back in November 1999, as Sammy McIlroy completed one of his last matches in charge of Macclesfield Town before moving on to take the helm at his beloved Northern Ireland.

The game itself ended in a one-all draw, as a 52nd minute strike from Kieran Durkan salvaged a share of the spoils for the play-off chasing Silkmen.

Our seventh trip to Whaddon Road in March 2001 also ended in a one-all stalemate - Gregor Rioch claiming Macc's goal seven minutes after the hour mark.

New Macclesfield Town Manager David Moss had a day to forget in November 2001, as having been in the job barely a week he saw his side fall to a 4 - 1 victory. Chris Byrne grabbed our consolation goal that day, yet Macc were soundly beaten by the Gloucestershire outfit.

Our ninth trip to face The Robins came on Boxing Day 2003 and a real Christmas cracker was served in front of the festive crowd.

Despite sailing into a 3 - 0 lead, Macc fought back in the closing exchanges and reduced the deficit with strikes from Steven Brackenridge and Matt Haddrell within the final ten minutes. Although John Askey's side lay siege on the Cheltenham goal, an equaliser wasn't to be and Macc fans were left to finish off their turkey sandwiches in despondent mood.

Worse was to follow during our tenth visit to Whaddon Road in April 2005, as Brian Horton's play-off seeking Silkmen fell to a 3 - 0 defeat.

This was followed by a two-all draw the following December, as Kevin Sandwith and Jon Parkin strikes helped to secure a share of the spoils on a chilly Friday evening.

Two victories against The Robins then followed, the first of which came in October 2009 when Ricky Sappleton and John Rooney strikes helped to secure a 2 - 1 victory.

This was followed by a 1 - 0 win in April 2011, with Tyrone Barnett's 27th minute strike proving to be the difference between the two sides.

Our fourteenth content down in Cheltenham came in September 2011 when goals from Jeff Goulding and Jimmy Spencer handed the hosts a 2 - 0 victory over Gary Simpson's Silkmen side.

The two sides then met in the National League back in September 2015 - in a contest which ended in a 2 - 0 victory for the hosts.

First half strikes from Harry Pell and Danny Wright condemned John Askey's side to an early season defeat that afternoon.

The last time that we visited the Jonny-Rock Stadium was back in January of course.

In a highly-controversial encounter, Michael Rose opened the scoring in the 11th minute with a confidently despatched penalty.

Macc would be reduced to ten men nine minutes later however, as skipper Nathan Cameron was dismissed for a foul on Jacob Maddox.

Our lead was doubled on 23 minutes, when Scott Wilson ceased on a mistake in the Cheltenham defence to roll the ball home from close-range.

Despite this, the hosts would strike three times in the second period to complete a devastating comeback.

Luke Varney, Jacob Maddox and Charlie Raglan all found the back of the net, as Sol Campbell's men suffered a painful defeat.

All the above means that our complete record at Cheltenham is as follows -

Played 16. Won 4. Drawn 4. Lost 8.


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