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My Favourite Silkmen Memory: Sam Turner

3 April 2020

Recently, we asked all our loyal fans to get in touch with us and let us know what their favourite memory involving The Silkmen is. In the next instalment in a series of recollections, Sam Turner takes us back to 2017 when John Askey's side walked out at Wembley Stadium to contest the FA Trophy Final with York City.

My favourite memory of supporting Macclesfield Town has to be the day we played at Wembley Stadium back in 2017.

It was a lovely warm day, but I was really nervous - I remember thinking about all the times that I had been passed Wembley before and the fact that I knew that one day I would see my beloved Silkmen play there.

That day had finally arrived and I just wanted us to go out there, give it everything we had and play some good football. More than winning, I wanted us to be able to look back at our performance with pride.

Walking towards the ground, you cannot escape the aura of your surrounds. So much history, so much presence and here we were with our Silkmen shirts proudly on display alongside so many flags and other merchandise.

Despite the nerves, I did not touch a drop of alcohol that day - which for me is something quite remarkable! I just wanted to enjoy the day and remember every single second of it.

When John Askey led the team out, I felt so much pride it is untrue. That feeling will stay with me forever - I will never forget it.

I had been all over the country watching Macc - Braintree, Gateshead and Torquay for example, but here I was cheering the lads on at one of the greatest stadiums in the world. It is still mind-blowing today!

The noise that the Silkmen fans made was beyond belief - it literally gave me goosebumps and as the game kicked-off, my nerves were diluted because I knew that we would rise to the occasion.

Even after York had opened the scoring, the noise levels didn't subside from the Macc fans - if anything they got louder!

Rhys Browne equalised just five minutes later however and the scenes as he ran over to the Macc fans will stay with me for as long as I live. That pride which we all felt overspilled and we were back in the game.

The Minstermen then reclaimed the lead, yet in first half injury-time Ollie Norburn hit an incredible strike to level matters once again. I was literally in tears when the ball hit the back of the net - we had just scored an absolute screamer at Wembley Stadium!

Sadly, Aiden Connolly's goal four minutes from time meant that it was York who lifted the trophy - but nobody can take those memories away from me.

Obviously I would have preferred it if we had won the game, but it in no way detracted from the pure emotion I felt that day.

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