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Frank Rathbone RIP

8 April 2020

Macclesfield Town were deeply saddened to learn that lifelong supporter Frank Rathbone passed away peacefully earlier this week.

Frank had been a committed Silkman for over nine decades and retained his unwavering love of the club throughout.

A real character, Frank made so many friends at the Moss Rose and he will always remain a much-loved part of our football family.

On hearing the sad news, skipper Fiacre Kelleher was eager to pay tribute to Frank -

"I met Frank back in February, as we helped him to celebrate his hundredth birthday which was coming up later in the year.

"If I am being completely honest, I was completely blown away with the whole experience. 

"Three things struck me about Frank as soon as I met him. The first was his unwavering passion for Macclesfield Town - when he described some of his best memories of watching the club to me, you could just tell how much pride that it invoked within him. 

"These were games literally decades ago, but he could remember them so vividly and you could clearly see how much Macclesfield Town had influenced his life over so many years.

"Then there was Frank's infectious sense of humour, which shone through against the odds. When you see someone quite clearly battling away, but retaining their great character you really can't help being inspired by it.

"The other thing was that Frank was so appreciative it was untrue. He thanked me so many times for going to visit him - often with a tear in his eye. 

"Although Frank may have thought that he should impart his thanks, the truth of the matter is that it's me who will always be incredibly thankful. 

"It was an absolute honour to meet Frank and memories of that afternoon will live with me forever. It was genuinely one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been part of and I will never forget him.

"Rest in Peace Frank buddy and when we next go out there to play, we will give absolutely everything to claim a win for you - just like I promised you we would."

Everyone at Macclesfield Town would like to echo Fiacre's evocative tribute, paid to a man who will never be forgotten here at the Moss Rose.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Frank's family and friends during this incredibly difficult time.

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